Go batty at Arlington Court with the new bat cam

Bats on camera at Arlington Court. Bats on camera at Arlington Court.

Saturday, August 16, 2014
8:11 AM

Get closer to these secretive creatures than ever before with the installation of new camera equipment at the National Trust property.

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Knitted bats and drawings created by visitors.Knitted bats and drawings created by visitors.

SPY on a colony of lesser horseshoe bats at Arlington Court near Barnstaple following the refurbishment of the bat cam room part funded by the Steel Charitable Trust.

A new camera and screen at the National Trust property make it possible to zoom in close to the bats without disturbing them plus visitors can listen to sounds of different bat species

“With new interpretation, a vibrant colour scheme and updated technology, the improved bat cam room has been very popular with visitors this summer,” said Natalie Savage, visitor services manager.

“The new camera and screen make it possible to zoom in very close to the bats, without disturbing them. In addition, visitors can listen to sounds of different bat species on a human-powered sound box with kind permission from the Bat Conservation Trust.”

The bat cam room at Arlington.The bat cam room at Arlington.

To add a personal touch, crafty knitters have also been creating bats to decorate the room and until the end of August visitors have the chance to vote for their favourite.

The room also contains a board for younger visitors to pin their works of art, inspired by the bats or their favourite thing they have seen during their visit to Arlington.

The colony of lesser horseshoe bats in the attics at Arlington Court is a maternity roost, meaning the majority of the bats are females, although not all will have had a baby this year.

When the mother bats want to go out and feed, they can leave their babies with other female bats and know they’ll be looked after.

The bat cam is open every day until 2 November from 10.30am until 5pm. Normal admission charges apply.

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