Monday, August 29, 2011

Tajinder’s Bats

So, while we have all been complaining about the car parking charges in parks, High Streets and small shopping parades, I’m just wondering what other charges our cash strapped council have introduced while our attention has been diverted. Last year the Bat Walk programme was free, this year it is £3 per head.


Join the nature conservation rangers for a nature walk in some of the parks in the dark to learn about these mystical creatures. Booking is essential and there is a £3 charge per individual. Bat detectors are provided. Suitable for 8 years+

Thursday 1 September
Goodmayes Park
Time: 7:30pm-9:00pm

Tuesday 6 September
South Park
Time: 7.15pm-8:45pm

Friday 9 September
Valentines Park
Time: 7:15pm-8:45pm

Wednesday 14 September
Goodmayes Park
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Thursday 15 September
South Park
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Tuesday 20 September
Valentines Park
Time: 6:45pm-8:15pm

And while we are on the subject, Hainault Lodge is the only local Nature Reserve in Redbridge and is not normally open to the public - it is a nature reserve. So it might be an opportune moment to go and have look around this quite wonderful mini-woodland while it is still free. You might have a bit of trouble getting there by Public Transport – it is at the far end of Forest Road next to the Redbridge Cycle Centre and opposite the new Cemetery.

Saturday 17 September 2011
Guided woodland walk
Hainault Lodge is the only Local Nature Reserve in Redbridge, so please come along and enjoy this mini woodland. Not suitable for pushchairs.
Meet at: Redbridge Cycle Centre Car Park, next door to Hainault Lodge Local Nature Reserve, Forest Road, Hainault, IG9 3HP.


  1. me like bat walks, but sad at charges. Does anyone no what money to be used for or if just costs/expenses

  2. We are informed:

    Bats - charge
    this is to cover costs for additional and replacement bat detectors, batteries and to pay towards new bat roost boxes in some parks (e.g. Rangers recently put up boxes in Goodmayes and Valentines. More parks will follow).

    Lodge - Access
    It is open to the public every day. There is now an access point (kissing gate) from opposite the cycle centre car park, which is open at all times (but only accessible when the cycle centre is open). Vehicles are still not permitted on the site. As it is a statutory designated Local Nature Reserve and a very small site, we want to ensure Potentially Damaging Operations (PDOs) are kept at a minimum. Therefore vehicle traffic is not possible.

    The walk from the cycling centre is about a stones throw away and a much safer way to access the reserve.

    Further info on LNRs can be found as follows: