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Bat walks at Salters Sanctuary

hidden heritage of the gaywood river bat walks

Published: Thursday, 12th July 2018

A season of guided bat walks are about to begin as part of the Hidden Heritage of the Gaywood River project.

Everyone is invited to come along to these free walks and learn more about these fascinating nocturnal mammals. Sonia Reveley, an expert from Natural England, will lead the walks around Salters Sanctuary. Special bat detectors will be provided that will let participants listen out for the bats as they fly around hunting for insects.

The dates and times for the walks are:

  •  Friday 20 July – 8:40pm
  •  Saturday 4 August – 8:15pm
  •  Friday 17 August – 7:50pm
  •  Saturday 15 September – 6:45pm


Salters Sanctuary is managed by the borough council and volunteers from the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group, with advice from Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The hard work of the volunteers has transformed the area into a haven for all kinds of wildlife, including bats.

The bat walks are free to attend, but places must be booked in advance by emailing sam.garrod@west-norfolk.gov.uk.

Each walk will begin at the car park opposite to the Scout hut on Beulah Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 4DN.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead. Attendees are advised to wrap up warm and bring a torch. The route of the walk will include inclines and uneven paths.

Project background

Hidden Heritage of the Gaywood River is a £210,000 project to enhance a former landfill site at Lynnsport, made possible by a National Lottery grant of nearly £94,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The aim of the project is to create a new disabled-access footpath through the site, and to turn the site into wooded parkland with a wildflower meadow. Planting will increase the biodiversity of the area. The Norfolk Rivers Trust are also planning work to the river to include the installation of a pond-dipping platform. Interpretation panels and benches will also be installed. A series of events and activities will also help local residents explore the history and significance of the river.

While £94,000 is being provided by the HLF, thanks to money raised by National Lottery Players, the remaining project costs will be met by funding from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Norfolk Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency.

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