A partnership between the Wildlife Trust and Scudamore’s, the bat safari punting experience is unlike any other escapade on the River Cam. As dusk turns to night, you’ll take to the river, armed solely with a handheld bat detector – and with a bit of luck, any cynicism you may have will transform into a sense of wonder.
Regardless of whether the series of clicks and buzzes mean anything to you, the experience is enriched by the knowledge of bat expert Iain Webb, who can answer any questions. He does so in a friendly, inclusive manner that could put even the most apprehensive enthusiast at ease. He’ll talk through every type of bat, whether it’s common pipistrelles or Daubenton’s swooping overhead. Your echolocation device also has its own little light – watch the bats dance through torchlit tunnels on the river, picking up their sonar signals as you go.
Even if only to see punting in a new light, we’d thoroughly recommend the experience – whether you’re looking for an unorthodox group activity to enjoy with friends, or simply wish to learn about a certain nocturnal mammal.
Bat Safari Punting will run with Scudamore’s through to mid-September. Check the website for full details, and to book your spot.