6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday, April 12, 2019

Bandstand Beds Clapham Common

As twilight embraces Clapham Common and the birds begin to roost, a whole set of nocturnal creatures begin to emerge from their nests and hiding places to forage for food.

Many of them are seldom seen or heard in the darkness but there are ways of detecting them, if you know how and where to look.

Join us for an evening stroll with Dr Iain Boulton, Lambeth’s Environmental Compliance Officer, to discover some of Clapham Common’s night-time wildlife, such as a pipistrelle bat.

But what else might be out there in the darkness?

Iain told us: ‘Yes, we do get pipistrelles. But we also get Noctule and Daubenton’s bats around the ponds, although they are more elusive. Seeing these is subject to a bit of patience and good luck.’

We’ll also be on the look out for moths (aka a bat’s dinner), such as Jersey tiger moth, poplar and oak hawk moths, and brimstone moths.

It will get dark at around 8pm but before we head off our tour of discovery we too will be foraging for food with a bring-and-share picnic in our community garden, starting at 6.30.

This is a free event. Everyone welcome!