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What do bats eat? And more bat facts

by Mike Townsend, Principal Advisor on 19 October 2016

Truly remarkable animals, there are around 1,100 species of bats worldwide whilst in the UK there are 18 species. From pipistrelles to Bechstein's bats, find out more the only truly flying mammal.

Photograph of common pipistrelle bat in flight. Credit: Hugh Clark/Bat Conservation Trust

How to attract bats

by Emma Bonham, Conservation Information Manager on 13 May 2016

All UK bat species are found in and around trees and woodland. Find out more about which trees are best for bats and what makes a good bat box.

Light coming through trees

What makes a plant an ancient woodland indicator?

by Emma Bonham, Conservation Information Manager on 15 April 2016

Why are some plants ancient woodland indicators and others not? Find out more.

Brown long-eared bat (Photo: H Clark/Bat Conservation Trust)

British bats: A beginner's guide

by Alyssa Ralph, Conservation Volunteer on 15 March 2016

Bats make up a huge portion of our resident mammal species, and are vital to our ecosystems. Yet many people have never seen a bat. Read on for tips on spotting your local bats, and how you can give the population a helping hand.