Halloween invariably turns public attention to bats, yet most stories about these mammals are far from the truth. For one thing, the popular image of bats hanging upside-down, wings wrapped around their bodies like pashminas, is misleading. Only two British bats do this – the greater and lesser horseshoes, named for their strange ‘nose leafs’ (flaps of skin) that aid echolocation. Lesser horseshoes are a speciality of south-west England, Wales and western Ireland, and this month enter their hibernation roosts. As seen on the BBC’s Winterwatch last January, they favour cellars, tunnels and caves with consistently cool air.
Learn more about UK bats at bats.org.uk