BAT FACTS

  • There are 18 species of bat in the UK, 17 of which are known to be breeding here
  • The body of the smallest bat found in the UK, the pipistrelle, measures only about 4cm long and weighs around 5g - that’s less than a £1 coin!
  • All bats have very big appetites because flying uses up lots of energy; a tiny pipistrelle can eat more than 3000 insects in a night
  • A bat’s wing has very similar bones to the hand and arm of a human, with skin stretched between the very long finger bones and the body to form the wing membrane
  • Bats aren’t blind - in fact they see almost as well as humans!

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FLIR ONE

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BAT CONSERVATION TRUST

The Bat Conservation Trust supports more than 100 local bat groups and has 6,000 members. The group works with volunteers, scientists, industry, and governments - both locally and nationally - to further bat conservation.

For more than 20 years the Bat Conservation Trust has been the leading NGO solely devoted to the conservation of bats and the landscapes on which they rely. Their vision is of a world, rich in wildlife, where bats and people thrive together.

GETTING INVOLVED IN UK BAT CONSERVATION

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in bat conservation. If you want to become a real life bat-man, you can:

  • Join your local bat group: There are more than 90 local bat groups in the UK, made up of dedicated volunteers undertaking vital frontline conservation work. To find your local bat group, click here
  • Find local bat hotspots in your area: The UK’s existing network of bat volunteers has been tracking bat activity up and down the country for years. To find the closest bat roost to your home town, click here
  • Become a Bat Conservation Trust member: Member contributions directly help protect bats and their habitats in the UK. You can find out about all the membership options, and what they involve, here

Attending International Bat
Weekend Events

International Bat Weekend takes place from 26-27th August, 2017 and is marked by bat themed events all over the country.

Everything from bat walks and talks at dusk, to daytime activities for all the family to enjoy.

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BAT RESEARCH IN THE USA - WITH LAURA KLOEPPER

Laura Kloepper is an Assistant Professor of Biology at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana. When Laura isn’t in the classroom, she’s conducting research on the migration patterns of the Mexican free-tailed bats, specifically their ability to echolocate in large groups, at high speeds. Laura spent the 8 weeks observing the bats using FLIR’s SC8000 series, high-speed infrared camera.

Laura hopes that by observing these migration patterns using high-speed thermal imagery, she can better understand how the bats echolocate in these large groups without running into each other. By unlocking this mystery, Laura thinks scientists can figure out a way to make our own synthetic sonar devices much more powerful.

 
Bat Research | FLIR Systems
Bat Research | FLIR Systems
Bat Research | FLIR Systems
Bat Research | FLIR Systems
Bat Research | FLIR Systems
Bat Research | FLIR Systems
Bat Research | FLIR Systems
Bat Research | FLIR Systems

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