get to know about Bats
Often seen at dusk swooping through clearings, across fields and ponds, this is a great time of the year to see these amazing flying mammals. There are 17 species of bat to be found in the UK and two of those live in and around Monkmead Wood! So next time you’re out for a walk as the last rays of sunlight start to disappear, look out for the bats. ..... they could be watching you
So what is a Bat ?
Bats are warm blooded, vertebrate, flying mammals (and what we mean by that is their body temperature remains constant, unlike reptiles who need to bask in the sun to warm up) and bats produce milk for their live young).
How many species of bat are there in the UK ?
In all, there are 17 known species of Bat in the UK and each of them have their own favourite habitats and hunting grounds.
How many different species live in Monkmead Wood ?
On our last Bat Walk in Monkmead Woods we spotted (and heard on our bat detectors) 2 different species - the Common pipistrelle and the Noctule bat, but there could be more. The Common pipistrelle is very small and weighs in at only 5g (less than a £1 coin!). The Noctule is one of Britain's largest bats weighing in at around 19g. It is usually one of the first bats to emerge at dusk and has long narrow wings. The Noctule tends to fly in a straight line at great speed and at a greater height than most bats.
Why do they have such strange faces ?
Their funny looking faces and huge ears have a special use – they help to amplify the echolocation technique that Bats use to hunt their prey at night.
What are bats up to at the moment ?
In May bats are fully active and the females will be setting up maternity colonies ready to give birth to their young in June. Pipistrelle bats feed on approximately 3,000 small insects during an evening's hunting! Bats have special tendons in their feet which enable them to hang upside down even when they’re asleep!