Bats are fascinating animals – the only true flying mammal. Bats play an essential part in the natural world and are indicators of a healthy environment. Their future is directly linked to our quality of life and the quality of our environment. In the UK, bats face threats ranging from predation to crime and loss of habitat. UK bats and their roosts are protected by law.
The Bat Conservation Trust, nearly 100 local bat groups and thousands of volunteers work to care for bats, monitor bat populations, create bat-friendly gardens and answer questionsabout these amazing creatures.
Fun facts about bats
- All UK bat species use echolocation to navigate and hunt for insects in the dark.
- A tiny pipistrelle can eat up to 3,000 insects in a night.
- Bats usually only have one baby a year and can live for up to 30 years.