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Summer Boredom Busters

6th September 2013

We had a fantastic summer, from taking member of Thamesmead Youth Voice on residentials (see story below) to welcoming people to our Boredom Busters activities programme.

There was something for everyone, from High Ropes, Indoor Climbing and Archery with Bexley Youth Service, Glee Summer School, Recording Sessions and Hip Hop classes with Theatre Street Performing Arts and Digital Photography and Cookery with Archway Project to a Bat Hunt with Crossness Nature Reserve and Film in a Week with Pixelform Studios.

Talking about the Bat Hunt, Thames Water's Crossness Nature Reserve Manager, Karen Sutton said, “It was a great evening. The young people attending were fully engaged, they loved the bat fact quiz which we held at The Link Thamesmead and asked lots of fascinating questions.

“It was topped off with a very productive bat hunt. Over Southmere Lake there were countless Common Pipistrelle bats, Soprano Pipistrelles and Daubenton's bats. We even heard a Noctule bat on the bat detector through the open window of The Link: that was a great surprise and certainly got everybody fired up before the walk.

“Once we went out, the bats put on a fabulous display, flying directly in front of us, giving us great views of these amazing little creatures.”

Jamie Tilbrook (8) said: “I loved it. I've never seen so many bats, they were flying right over our heads and we could hear them echolocating on the bat detectors.”

Tabitha Sanders (10) agreed: “The bat hunt was the best thing I have done over the course of the summer holidays. Personally I thought it was amazing and not a bit spooky. I learnt that the poor bats are endangered in some parts of England so we have to keep them safe. This was the BEST walk I have EVER done!!! Thank you Trust Thamesmead for putting this on!!"

Take a look at our photos.