A bat Walk has been organised on wednesday 9th September at 7.30pm at Park Bridge Heritage Centre, The Stables, Park Bridge, Ashton, by the Tameside Countryside team.
Our photo shows cute orphaned baby fruit bats at the Tolga Bat Hospital in Australia. In the UK we are lucky enough to have 18 species of bat, 17 of which are known to be breeding here - that's almost a quarter of our mammal species. Every summer, thousands of people venture out to experience the wonder of bats in their natural environment.
Pipistrelles are the commonest British bats, weighing around 5 grams (less than a £1 coin), a single pipistrelle can eat 3,000 tiny insects in just one night. It is also hoped to see the rarer Daubenton's bat on the walk.
Known as the 'water bat', Daubenton's bats fish insects from the water's surface with their large feet or tail.
Bats live in different environments across the UK. Exactly where they might be found depends on the species of bat, the time of year and what they’re doing - looking after their babies, hunting or hibernating, for example. To survive, bats need water and insects to eat, places to hunt insects (called foraging habitats), places to hibernate, sleep and raise their babies (roosts) and safe routes between these different locations
Call 0161 330 9613 for more details of the "Bat Walk".