Why are bats important?
Bats eat insects, and are important for controlling insect populations. They also serve to pollinate certain plants which are important to humans. Bats are often prejudiced against, people are often unaware of the benefits which bats have for the ecosystem.
What does Bat Night aim to achieve?
Bat night aims to increase awareness and improve people’s perception of bats by actively involving them in bat conservation.
Bats can be affected by many things, some of which have led to them becoming extinct in some countries. The risks to bats include:
- Loss of places where they can live
- Loss of feeding areas
- Use of pesticides in agriculture, this kills insects which the bats depend on for food
- Use of pesticides in building materials. This ends up poisoning bats living in the building
DID YOU KNOW....
Bats are the only mammal that can FLY!
The organisers distribute information to the public about how bats live, and give talks on what bats need to help them thrive, and ways to help conserve them. People take part in bat walks which offer the opportunity to listen to bat sounds by using ultrasound technology.
Come along to Malvern Hills Bat Walk – join the Malvern Hills Conservators on a bat walk on Tuesday 25th August 8PM-10:30PM
Search for local events in your area: http://www.eurobats.org/international_bat_night