Even more batty at SlindonSlindon, West Sussex
- Dates24 May 2019 to 27 May 2019
- Holiday typeShort break
- AvailabilityLimited places
- Activity type Special interest, Survey
- Holiday code19BSM150
- AccommodationSlindon Bunkhouse
About Even more batty at SlindonBat surveying for those with prior experience.
This long weekend is for those who have already attended one of our week-long August bat holidays. You’ll continue to survey bats around the Slindon Estate, walking nightly ‘transect’ routes of around 6km each and building on your experience from previous years. Like the August event, this holiday has a nocturnal schedule - the working day starting in the afternoon with classroom sessions on recording, monitoring and data analysis. You’ll then work past midnight to carry out additional monitoring. The rest of your day can be spent recovering and exploring the beautiful local countryside. There will also be some practical bat-related afternoon tasks for those who are keen. A good level of fitness is required and experience from one of the previous bat working holiday weeks is essential.
About the accommodation
Slindon Bunkhouse is a converted stable block on the 1,400-hectare estate at Slindon between Arundel and Chichester. The estate is typical of the South Downs with rolling hills and farmland set against a background of woodland and hedges. In addition to that it has an ancient deer park and various archaeological sites. The bunkhouse has a recently refurbished kitchen and seating area with sofas.
Notes for guests
This holiday is only for those who have already participated in the 'Get Batty at Slindon' holiday and already have basic training in bat surveying.
What to bring: please ear phones for use with bat detectors, bat detector if you have one (otherwise it will be provided) and head torch.
A standard kit list can be found on our Essential Information page.
Similar working holidays
Get batty as you get up close and personal with the winged wonders.
Spend a week immersing yourself in the wildlife of the Slindon Estate.
Learn traditional woodland skills of charcoal making and coppicing. Take part in the annual dormice survey and join the National Trust's only deer stalker for a fascinating insight into Exmoor's famous red deer.