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January 2012

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Bat Report

Tonight we had an extremely interesting and entertaining talk from Neil Reeves,a volunteer with the Devon Bat Group. He explained all.

"Bats are fascinating animals - the only true flying mammal.  They account for more than a quarter of mammal species in the UK, and around a fifth of all mammal species worldwide, so they are a vital part of our native wildlife.

Bats are an important part of our natural heritage, and indicators of a green and healthy environment, so their future is directly linked to our quality of life and the quality of our environment.

In the UK, we are lucky enough to have 18 species of bat ,17 of which are known to be breeding in the UK."

Neil talked with real enthusiasm and dedication; he soon had the room buzzing as he answered all our questions. Plus it was reassuring to hear that bats do no damage if they roost in your property, in fact we were lucky to live in an area of the UK so popular with these mammals.

By following a few simple steps, you can turn your garden into a bat haven...

Plant night-scented flowers

Build a pond

Let your garden go a little wild

Put up a bat box

Create linear features i.e hedgerows/ treelines