Brixton bat walk inspires animal-friendly young artist

27 September 2019

Written by: Lambeth Landscapes (parks team)

Arts, culture and events - Children and young people - Environment - Focus on Brixton

A walk in Windmill Gardens has turned into a message about environmental protection.

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Brixton bat walk inspires animal-friendly young artist

On the night that the ‘bat signal’ was projected into the worldwide night sky to celebrate the 80th anniversary of fictional character Batman, a walk in a Lambeth park taught young (and adult) naturalists about the reality of bats.

Windmills and bats

Dr Iain Boulton of Lambeth’s Parks Team ran a guided bat walk and talk for 32 people in Windmill Gardens, Brixton Hill for the Friends of Windmill Gardens, Lots of bats were seen and heard. “It’s been a good autumn for Lambeth bats – and a great evening for humans” said Iain.

Education from children

Isabella was one of three children there, and her mum emailed next day to say how learning the truth about bats had inspired her: “Isabella kept making kissing lips sounds to show her teachers in school about bats’ sounds when they’re flying and bouncing around. She wants to do a show and tell all her friends at school to learn more about bats.

Sharing the message that children shouldn’t be afraid of bats

Night fairies

“She said to me: ‘Mummy, I want to do bat art , which shows how cute bats are, not scary, not drinking blood like vampires and nothing to do with Hallowe’en, they are night fairies and adorable like babies. I wish I could hold them for a while. But you can’t keep them as pets because they are protected by law, you could see them and hear them’. I was delighted to hear this, clearly she was absorbing so much last night in Windmill Gardens. This inspired her to do her bat art to help people love wild life and protect our environment, and give more people the idea to come to nature to see feel the beauty of nature.

Know bats better

Isabella’s pictures have been shared to the website of the Bat Conservation Trust (based in Kennington). Mum and daughter will both be very happy if ‘bat art’ helps people know more about bats and protect them better.

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