Batting it up at Tat

By Tatura Guardian

Community members of Tatura will come together for a night of all things bats.

As part of the Activities in the Park program, RiverConnect and Greater Shepparton City Council in conjunction with the Cussen Park Advisory Committee is holding an interactive Bats in Our Neighbourhood event.

Attendees will learn about bat behaviour, colony conservation and public health and safety from expert presenters including urban ecologist Rob Gration, Friends of Bats and Bushcare president Lawrence Pope and Shepparton Veterinary Clinic veterinarian Madeleine Rowe.

The family-friendly event will give children the opportunity to take part in different bat related activities and see local microbats up close.

The group will then share a pizza dinner while watching the grey-headed flying foxes fly out at dusk.

RiverConnect project officer Meg Pethybridge encouraged everyone in the community to come along and learn something new about the bats.

‘‘This is a great school holiday activity for kids and an opportunity for locals to ask our expert presenters their questions about these important pollinators,’’ Ms Pethybridge said.

‘‘Grey-headed flying foxes are a hidden creature in the environment, playing an important part in the eco-system of which many people would not be aware of.’’

The free event will be held at the Cussen Park rotunda at the Ross St entrance from 5pm to 8pm on Saturday, April 13.

Bookings are essential and must be made by April 6 by contacting RiverConnect on or 5832 9700.