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A Wild Week at White’s!

This week marks an exciting week for nature lovers at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections, Nik Knight of Hampshire Bat Group joins Gilbert White & The Oates Collections again for a late evening bat walk in Gilbert’s garden, on May 10th. On the 13th to mark the national Museums at Night Festival the Museum will be conducting a Newt Survey with the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and families are invited to join us for our Wild Woods Sleepover.


After the success of last year’s Bat Walk which sold out, Nik Knight will once again show us more about these fascinating creatures. With bat detectors in hand, Nik will take us exploring Gilbert White’s garden as dusk begins to set, a prime time for bats to take flight for their evening meal. This will be a memorable experience and suitable for the whole family.

With our grounds surrounded by the Beech Wood of Selborne Hanger, Gilbert White’s house is a favourite with many different variety of bats, and are frequently seen at this time of year after dark. Last September a Serotine, nicknamed Gilbert was found injured at the Museum. After calling Martyn Phillis a local bat specialist, he was taken to recuperate over the winter. Gilbert is now thriving and may be released back into the wild in Selborne at the bat walk. Fingers Crossed Gilbert is strong enough after a long winter restoring his strength to join us! Make sure you wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather, and bring a torch for when it gets dark.


Last October for Museum at Night we celebrated with a Bat Walk, this year, on Friday 13th May Gilbert White & The Oates Collections is working in association with HIWWT to run a newt survey event! Participants will help lay traps to carry out a survey of the wildlife pond, take part in a classroom style session to understand why we survey and then return later to see what newts have made their way into the traps! A hand’s on experience, with plenty to learn, for just £7. Guest’s asked to bring appropriate footwear and torches.


For the younger naturalists the Field Studies Centre is opening its doors for an exciting natural history themed sleepover for families. Join us for an evening packed full of activities that explore our wild woods, go on a nature walk, set up a moth trap and have a camp fire before going to sleep inside our 16th century barn. £15 per child (accompanying adults free, max 1 adult per child). Includes evening snack, drinks and breakfast. Suitable for ages 5+


For all our events please book my visiting or my calling us on 01420 511275.