Breaking News!

HOLT ISLAND RE-OPENS TO THE PUBLIC ON SATURDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER!

IT WILL BE OPEN FROM 10.00 AM UNTIL 4.00 PM EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER!

WELCOME BACK!


HOLT ISLAND BRIDGE

During the lockdown HDC Ranger Paul Claydon has been keeping up maintenance on the Island. The volunteers were not allowed to work between March and July, but they are now back in action. In July, as part of the installation of non-slip panels on boards that have lost their tar chippings, it was found that the main beams supporting the wooden bridge just inside the Island had rotted. To read more about the work that has been carried out on the island CLICK HERE.

HOLT ISLAND BRIDGE: UPDATE

1st Sepember 2020 - Work continues on the bridge and should be completed shortly. To read about the latest work CLICK HERE

10th September 2020 - Bridge re-construction is now complete. We hope to open the Nature Reserve to the public towards the end of the month. To read all about the completion CLICK HERE


DELAY TO THE OPENING OF HOLT ISLAND NATURE RESERVE

This year’s floods have caused considerable damage to the older boardwalk non-slip strips, and as a result they will need to be replaced before the Island can be safely opened to the public.

This work would normally be done by our Practical Volunteers under the direction of our Huntingdon District Council Ranger, but given the Government’s recent announcements HDC will not be using volunteer parties at this time. Our Ranger will carry on the work on his own when he can, but we do not know how long the repairs will take. Be assured, we will open as soon as it is safe to do so.

However, in the interests of our visitors’ and volunteers’ safety in the current crisis, when we do open we will not be opening our interpretive centre, the Holt. This is necessary to protect everyone as it is an enclosed space and very difficult to clean thoroughly.

SCHOOLS AND YOUTH GROUPS

Once the Island is safely opened again you are very welcome to book visits, and we will continue to open and close the Island for you. However, we will not be opening the Holt (for the reasons explained above) and will not be able to offer you volunteers to help. There are a lot of activity worksheets and our Education Pack available on the website to download, for use on the Island.

 

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.