Detect for bats

Detect for bats

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Investing in a bat detector could lead to one of the best experiences that few can boast of. On summer evenings as the sun begins to set behind the trees, lift up your bat detector and listen out for the calls of the bats. Immerse yourself in a whole new world, where you’ll watch with your ears instead of your eyes. June is a perfect time to observe bats as insects are plentiful.

Leisler's bat - Tom Marshall

Tom Marshall

Where bats live is called their ‘roost’, but they roost in different places at different times of the year. In the winter, when bats go into hibernation, they usually move into caves or disused mines or tunnels, where the temperature is cooler and they won’t be disturbed. For several weeks in summer, female bats live together in a ‘maternity roost’, choosing somewhere warm to have their babies. They stay here until their babies are able to fly and feed themselves.

For Wild About Gardens Week, The Wildlife TrustsThe Royal Horticultural Society and The Bats Conservation Trust have teamed up to bring you everything batty! Take a look for our resident bats or find out what you can do to help all the wildlife in your garden.

If you don’t want to invest in a bat detector yourself, take a look at our events page and see if your local Trust is running any events near you! You can watch the experts, learn more about bats and have a great time!

Build a bat box here and give our furry flying friends a helping hand roosting.