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Dark Night Draws the Bats in Goomalling Spectacular

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Almost 60 men, women and children travelled hundreds of kilometres to the Goomalling Golf Club to take part in the return of our family Bat Night.

The creatures of the night did not disappoint our nature enthusiasts, with dozens of microbats zooming overhead under torchlight as they put on a show to end the evening.

Bioluminescent scorpions and trapdoor spiders were also headliners of the night walk, after everyone got hands on in a bat box-making workshop with WA’s resident Batman Joe Tonga.

He said the Wheatbelt and Goomalling are among the best places in WA to find microbats.

“Our bats out here are just unbelievably unique and there’s still a few of them around, there’s different colonies in different outcrops of bush, and it’s quiet so you can hear them.”

Community events like our school holiday Bat Night help children and families learn about the incredible native animals and plants that they can discover in the Wheatbelt.

“It really helps us spread the message with kids about the incredible environment around them,” Wheatbelt NRM chief executive Karl O’Callaghan said.

“It’s the first one we’ve done in a few years and we’re definitely looking forward to hosting more like it.”

You can experience all the highlights in under three minutes in our video wrap above.

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