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Posted 24 Apr 2018
Bats are mysterious, enigmatic creatures, though you may not always be aware that they are around. This time of year however is perfect for trying to spot them, as they are now beginning to emerge from their hibernation period with a view to finding somewhere to roost within the next 6 weeks. One great reason to celebrate bats is that they are considered to be insectivorous. In one hour, a bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes!
Although bats are frequently seen in gardens, many species are in decline due in part to a loss of habitat. You can help bats by providing additional roosting spaces in the form of bat boxes. We have a wide range of products designed to help bats – including bat boxes and bat detectors. Whatever size bat box the ideal location is fairly high with a clear flight path in and at least some direct sunlight during the day.
Bat Fun Facts
- Bats can live more than 30 years.
- Bats can fly at speeds of up to 60 mph.
- All UK bat species use echolocation to navigate and hunt for insects in the dark.
- Bats are more closely related to humans than they are to mice.
- Bats normally only have one baby a year.
- Norfolk's most common bat, the Pipistrelle is only 4cm long and weighs less than a 2p coin!
- Bats don't build nests - they live in roofs or creep into holes and cracks in trees, walls and buildings to avoid the light.
- In winter, when there aren't many flying insects, bats hibernate in cold damp places inside buildings, caves and hollow trees.
- Their heart beat-drops to two beats per minute and they live off a special brown hibernation fat in their bodies.
- In Britain, it is illegal to kill a bat or disturb the places where they roost.
- Things we get from bat pollinated plants include: Vanilla, dates, bananas and tequila!
by Simon Byland