Wild info: bats

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The only true flying mammal, bats are fascinating to watch as they swoop and flit about the night sky.

Over recent decades British bat populations have suffered huge declines as a result of habitat loss and human disturbance. Yet bats are essential to our environment, as they polinate flowers, spread seeds and eat insects such as mosquitoes!

Why are bats under threat?

BatLike most of our wildlife, bats have suffered from habitat loss. Hedgerows, woodlands and ponds have disappeared or been fragmented, leading to fewer places where bats can safely roost and feed.

Widespread use of pesticides and changing agricultural practices in the last century have meant that insect populations have declined. With one common pipistrelle capable of eating up to 3,000 insects in a single night the loss of food can have a significant impact on bats.

In the last two decades widespread conservation work and legal protection for bats has meant that populations have stabilised.

Help us save our bats!

Improving and protecting habitats is crucial if we are to help bats recover.

 

 

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