‘The best bat experience in Britain’: Cambridge’s nocturnal punting safaris

A trip following bats along the river Cam has become one of the hottest tickets in town – and raised money for their protection

It’s an impossibly idyllic early summer evening on the Backs of Cambridge. A blackbird flutes as a man pressure-washes a table outside a hotel. Mating flies drift on the breeze, alongside a whiff of marijuana. A student lies flat on the riverbank, feet in the water.

Punting on the river Cam has stopped for the night but one boat slips into the gathering dusk: the Bat Punt Safari.

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