Seeing a Bat flying around in the evening is a real privilege but these fascinating creatures are under threat from a number of fronts and need our help to survive and hopefully thrive.
The Bat Conservation Trust have a fantastic website (www.bats.org.uk) with a wealth of information about these magical creatures as well as some hints and tips on how to support them.
Did you know that:
- All UK bat species use echolocation to navigate and hunt for insects in the dark.
- Bats are the only true flying mammals in the world.
- A tiny pipistrelle can eat up to 3,000 insects in a night.
- Bats are more closely related to humans than they are to mice.
- The majority of the world’s bats eat insects – just like British bats. In the tropics bats also eat foods like fruit, flowers, frogs, fish, blood, even other bats.
- Bats usually only have one baby a year and can live for up to 30 years
We would urge you to visit the bats.org.uk website to find out more about these incredible mammals and should you think that Bats are present in your property, please call the Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228 to order a copy of “Living with Bats” booklet that will give you invaluable advice.