50 things after dark
Two of the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4, No 27 - go star gazing and No 40 - go on a nature walk at night, are a little more difficult to do. To help we have a number of events taking place across the south west to make sure you can tick off your 50 things after dark.
Evening bat walk, Brownsea Island, Dorset
Sat 26 Jul, 6.30-9pm
Take a walk with a ranger to discover more about our nocturnal wildlife. Bring your own picnic or treat yourself to one of our hampers. Booking essential 01202 707744. £10.
Wild night at Pepperbox hill, Wiltshire
Sat 26 Jul, 8.30pm-11.45pm
Join the ranger and local moth experts from Butterfly Conservation for this family moth trapping and glow worm event. Just drop in.
Sun and stars at Carnewas, Cornwall
Sat 2 Aug, 7-10pm
Spend the evening with our rangers and Kernow Astronomers for stargazing at this stunning cliff-top location, recently awarded Dark Skies status. As the sun sets slowly into the sea, we may see any sunspots and flares on its surface with a special solar scope.
Stargazing and storytelling, Stonehenge landscape, Wiltshire
Sat 9 Aug, 8.30-10.30pm
Explore the night sky with telescopes and listen to legends told by our own starry storyteller, activities, and toasting marshmallows. Booking essential 0844 249 1895. Bookings close on Mon 28 July at 12 noon. Adult £6, child £
Batty about bats, Penrose Estate, Cornwall
Wed 13 Aug, 8.30-10pm
Watch bats emerge at dusk to feed. Help us to investigate the species we see with a bat detector. Booking essential on 01326 554715. £3.
A night in the Parke, Parke, Devon
Wed 13 - Thu 14 Aug, 2pm-11am
Sleep under the stars, light fires, make dens and go for a nature walk at night. Wake with the dawn chorus. Booking essential 01626 834748. Adult £15, child £10.
Bat night and BBQ, Polzeath, Cornwall
Wed 13, 20, 27 Aug, 7-9.30pm
Join the rangers for a BBQ and a talk on bats, then take a short walk to the cliffs to see and hear greater horseshoe bats emerge from old mine workings. BBQ provided for cooking. Bat capes optional. Booking essential on 01208 863046. £4.
Family night walk and bat detecting, Leigh Woods, near Bristol
Thu 14 Aug, 8.30-10pm
See if you can spot the specialists of aerial acrobatics – bats. Remember to wrap up warm and bring a torch. Booking essential 08442491895. £3.50.
Nature night walk, Godolphin, Cornwall
Fri 15 Aug, 8.30-10.30pm
Discover Godolphin's nocturnal residents, including rare breeds of bats and owls. Remember to pack your torch. Booking essential 01736 763194. Adult £4, child £2.
Owl prowl with Ed Drewitt, Tyntesfield, near Bristol
Sat 30 Aug, 8-9.30pm
Go on an owl prowl, tune your ears to the different calls and learn to identify all the varieties that live here. Booking essential 0844 249 1895. Adult £14.50, child £8.