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International Bat Night - 29 - 30 August 2015

28 August 2015

Bats are fascinating animals – the only true flying mammal

 

Bat Night has taken place in over 30 countries for the past 18 years. It aims to educate and inform the public about the way bats live, their habitats and encourages people to see and hear bats in their natural environment by taking part in a whole range of events organised by local bat groups and wildlife trusts across the country.

 

Bats are fascinating animals – the only true flying mammal

 

There are over 1,200 species of bat in the world and only 3 of these are vampire bats! They won't try to get tangled in your hair and they are not blind. They are, however, under threat due to loss of roosts and feeding areas and the increasing use of pesticides in the world today.

How you can help:

Get involved with a bat conservation organisation such as The Bat Conservation Trust (www.bats.org.uk) - they have a Young Batworkers Club too. There are over 90 local bat groups in the UK.

Plant a bat-friendly garden - bats eat insects and a single bat can eat up to 3,000 insects in one night so plant night-scented flowers, build a pond, put up bat boxes for them to roost in, don't use pesticides/chemicals - basically encourage as many insects as possible.

 

Bat box

 

So if you’re a little bit ‘batty’, and would like to take part, visit http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/batnight.html and don’t forget to post your photos to Willows Facebook page.