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Bats released on Holt Island!

Recently we released four bats on Holt Island. They were found grounded and dehydrated in St Ives, but the place they were found was not safe for release once they had been rehabilitated. As Holt Island was almost certainly in their hunting area it was decided to release them there. This video which was filmed originally in red light, shows the release (it is clearer in this black and white version). The noise you can hear right at the end as the bat takes off is the sound of the bat echolocating which was captured using a bat detector. Bats use echolocation to find their way around and find food in the dark. To echolocate, bats send out sound waves from the mouth or nose. When the sound waves hit an object they produce echoes. The echo bounces off the object and returns to the bats' ears. You can watch the VIDEO HERE.

 

Holt Island Nature Reserve opens for Heritage Open Days 2019

Willow StrippingWe’ll be open as part of Heritage Open Days 2019 to welcome visitors to Holt Island Nature Reserve on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September (open both days 10am – 4pm).

There will be a display of original Harrison willow baskets and tools, a pictorial display of the heritage of Holt Island and the opportunity to 'strip the willow' with an original tool called a 'Brake' (see picture).

On Sunday 22nd September, 11am – 3pm, Jane Frost will be demonstrating basket weaving.

 

For more information about Holt Island Nature Reserve and Heritage Open Days, visit Heritage Open Days - Holt Island St Ives

To see what else is open near you, visit Heritage Open Days St Ives.

 

Holt Island is an oasis of tranquillity in the centre of St Ives town. The Island provides a variety of habitats which attract a wide range of birds, mammals, plants and insects.


Formerly used to grow willow for basket-making, the Island became overgrown when this ended. This changed its appearance and attracted many different types of wildlife. Today the island is home to mammals such as voles, shrews, deer, badgers, bats and foxes. Plants such as yellow flag iris, purple loosestrife and comfrey thrive. Tortoiseshell, red admiral and peacock butterflies can be seen along with dragonflies and damselflies. And a huge variety of birds including kingfishers, warblers, and blackcaps can be seen. For more information about what you could see CLICK HERE.

The Island has a raised boardwalk, which makes the Reserve accessible to prams and wheelchairs, and there is plenty of seating, some with picnic tables. The Holt cabin, complete with bench seating, a nature table, books and children's activity sheets and displays is worth a visit. For more information to plan your visit CLICK HERE.

We have events and activities taking place throughout the season – see the links on our home page for more information.

We have an amazing video on YouTube which tells you all about Holt Island and shows it in its Autumn glory  CLICK HERE TO WATCH

For a downloadable information leaflet CLICK HERE.