BOROUGH people are being offered the chance to get up close and experience the world of bats living in Dudley’s waterways.

The Canal and River Trust is inviting the public to join a free guided walk at Fens Pool reservoir on October 5 with the trust’s local ‘batman’ Paul Wilkinson.

Paul said: “This year has been a great year for bats. Our sightings and checks of bat boxes have shown that there are far more than usual.

“Bats have always been mysterious, becoming active just as evening light disappears. As we are drawing the curtains, they seem to appear from nowhere and then disappear without trace – just like Batman.

“The bat walk is open to everyone. People will see the different species of bats to be found along the region’s waterways and they will use special bat detectors which allow us to tune in and be able to hear the high pitched sonar that bats use to navigate and find their insect dinner in the evening sky.

“I’ll be telling you load of fascinating bat facts, not least how they seem to have discovered the secret to cheating the ageing process.”

The bat walk takes place between 7pm and 8.30pm, meeting at The King William pub, in Pensnett Road. To join in with the walk email