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Wildlife & Nature Event, Thu 29 Aug 2019, £5-£15

Bats & Brownies at Racy Ghyll Farm

Bats & Brownies at Racy Ghyll Farm

Eavesdrop on bats whilst enjoying home cooked brownies and delicious hot drink at the home of renowned Lake District shepherd and author, James Rebanks.


Nestled in the Lakeland valley of Matterdale, Racy Ghyll Farm and the Rebanks Family have gained admiration and respect for their Herdwick Sheep, but most recently James' strong advocation of nature-friendly farming, and his acclaimed book “The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District”.

With a mosaic of foraging habitats and roosting structures throughout the Matterdale Valley, Racy Ghyll Farm provides an excellent base to enjoy the acoustic and visual spectacle of bats foraging at night.

You will be welcomed to the Racy Ghyll education room by your Wild Intrigue guides Heather and Cain, and landowner James Rebanks, where you can enjoy a short introduction to the farm and the ecology of bats, whilst enjoying hot drinks and delicious brownies made by the Rebanks family, before heading out to discover the bats of Racy Ghyll. Not to mention meeting James' beautiful working sheepdogs!

You will be introduced to the diverse and awe-inspiring sounds of different bat species as they go about their nightly routines. Our specialist equipment will bring a new level to eavesdropping on bats; our Echo Meter Touch 2 PRO, will allow you to hear, but also see the ultrasonic echolocation calls of bats on a colour spectrogram! We will also have heterodyne Magenta 4 detectors to use, perfect to scroll through and pinpoint the exact individual contact calls of bats, as well as FSC Bat Guides for use.

Perhaps we will hear the drip-dropping of large Noctules as they pass through their nightly commute, or the 'zzzips' of Pipistrelles as the catch their insect prey.

This event is suitable for all ages, and would make a wonderful night out for families and nature lovers alike.

For more information please visit the link provided.

Racy Ghyll Farm, Penruddock, Cumbria.
To respect the privacy of the Rebanks family, a postcode and directions will be provided upon booking.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 29 Aug 2019 19:30 to 21:00
Please arrive ten minutes prior to the event start time.


Adults tickets: £15
Under 18's tickets: £12
Under 5's tickets: £5

Under 18's must be accompanied by a paying adult.


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

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