Monday, 8 August 2016

Bat Camp

Our last home ed camp of the summer was Bat Camp.

We learnt about nocturnal creatures,

made moth lure from molasses, sugar, mashed banana and coke which the kids placed on strategic tree stumps and fence posts (you use a red light to view them which is just a torch covered in red plastic),

set up a moth trap (and spent the next morning identifying the types caught - there were 18 in the trap across 8 species - before releasing them back into the wild),

discussed how bat boxes differ from bird boxes,

played 'hunting' games where you had to use just your sense of sound to try and catch your prey and another focussed on your sense of smell,

and stayed up very late to watch for bats - Rose was super excited because she spotted six.

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