Friday, November 6, 2015

The Bats of London

Go See Bats.... Real Bats in London 

Throughout London, you can find several species of bats. Most people aren't even aware that the bats are there. One charity devotes its time and energy protecting these little furry creatures.

Find out more about these unique mammals and the charity that protects them, The London Bat Group. Listen to sounds they make and learn details of their lives.

Types of Bats Found in London: Some Species You Are Likely To Meet in London

Here’s a few species you can commonly find in London. Complete list of all species and more details about each type can be found on The LBG‘s website.

Pipistrellus pipistrellus
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 Pipistrelle: Pipistrellus sp.

The Pipistrelle has a wing span of 19 to 25cm. They weigh about 6gms. This makes them UK’s smallest but most common species of Bat. They are usually found feeding in small local parks that contain ponds, lakes or waterways. They feed on midges. They roost in modern houses using the clean cavities found at the edges of the roofs.

Myotis daubentonii
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Daubenton’s: Myotis daubentonii

The Daubenton’s bat can be found where there are large ponds, lakes, rivers and canals. Their wingspan is between 24 and 27cm and they weigh in at between 7 to 12gm. They roost in trees and feed on midges and small flies.

Nyctalus noctula
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Noctule: Nyctalus noctula 

The Noctule has a wingspan of between 32 and 40cm and they weigh approx. 18 to 40gm. The roost in trees and will fly great distances in order to feed over lakes and rivers.












Listen to the sound of a Pipistrelle 



List of Places to See Bats in London

They can be found in many places throughout London and here is a short list of some of these places. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Regent’s Park
St James’s Park
Hampstead Heath and Highgate Ponds
Fryent Country Park
Hawkwood Estate, Petts Wood

About The London Bat Group 

For over twenty years The London Bat Group has been working to protect the bats of London. Through its website, training, surveys and exclusive events, they've been campaigning to protect these furry critters throughout the City of London. They have been serious decline in bat's population recent years due to intensive agriculture, damage to their roosts and poor management of parks and open spaces. The London Bat Group hope to raise awareness of this problem and to improve the overall management of London’s parks. Bats population is an excellent way to monitor the quality of our environment and their present decline is a strong indicator of how and why immediate improvement is needed.

They regularly: Campaign to increase the management of Bats in many of London’s open spaces. Monitor their population in London. Train people to help. Create awareness and knowledge of Bats by running events which include walks and talks. You can help support the Group by joining them via their website . Membership fees are very reasonably priced and well within most people’s budgets.

Some Bat Facts 

Bats are more closely related to us then they are to mice.
They are not blind.
They can live up to 30 years.
There are seventeen species of Bats in the UK and over half breed in London.

Learn More 

Bats: illustrated guide bat species in Britain, Europe 
Native bat species of Britain: pictures, images, habitat, life cycle, identification guide,

The Bats of Britain 

Bat Conservation Trust
The Bat Conservation Trust was formed in 1990 as an umbrella organisation for the rapidly growing network of bat groups, providing support, training and advice. BCT now acts as the national voice for bat conservation.

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