One of the recent projects undertaken by the Friends of the Park was the building of bat boxes which were put up in some of the mature trees around the Park, writes Friend of Victoria Park Victoria Wood.
Back in June a group of Friends enjoyed a bat hunt round the park, organised for us by Stafford bat group in order to see whether we did have bats living in our boxes and in the park generally.
We were amazed to discover two species of bats living in the park and clearly enjoying the facilities provided.
Noctule bats are around 48 mm long, chocolate brown in colour and live on a diet of moths, beetles, mayflies and winged ants.
They have one or two offspring, born in the summer and fly high and fast, up to 50 miles an hour.
We also have a large number of pipistrelle bats in the park.
They are smaller, the smallest British bat, around 35 mm in length and reddish brown in colour.
They have a similar diet to the noctules and in spite of their small size will eat up to 3,000 insects in one night.
Anyone who has been pestered by the gnats in the park this summer will be grateful for that!
Bats, of course, are nocturnal, coming out to feed at dusk.
They also hibernate, but if you happen to be walking along Isaac Walton walk around dusk in the next few weeks, look up and you may be lucky enough to see some of our small and speedy flying friends.