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26-09-2013 : BAT SPOTTING IN SHREWLEY TUNNEL

Canal Boat Holiday guests cruising The Grand Union Canal in Warwickshire tomorrow can enjoy a Friday night out with a difference and join ecologist Paul Wilkinson for a bat-spotting walk inside Shrewley Tunnel.

Along the way you will be able to find out all about the different kinds of bats that make their home along the our canals and rivers and what we do to protect their habitats.

Bats are fascinating creatures and they can be found in their thousands along our network of inland waterways.

The Shrewley Tunnel is is 433 yards long and is built of brick and is wide enough for two Canal Boats to pass each other, although it has no towpath inside.

There are actually two tunnels at the northern portal, the towpath splits off and rises on a ramp and then enters a tunnel of its own, until it reaches the road which crosses the tunnel; having crossed this the path then descends on another ramp to reach the southern portal.

The interior of the tunnel is unusually wet and this has led to the creation of flowstone formations.

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