BAT FACTS

Countryfile Magazine - - Bats -

LARGEST ROOST

The largest recorded roost in Eng­land was in the at­tic of a small Nor­folk cot­tage, and was home to some 3,000 so­prano pip­istrelles.

PRO­TECTED SPECIES

Around one in four British mam­mals are bats and they have been pro­tected by law since 1981.

WA­TER BATS

Al­though most bats will feed over wa­ter, the Dauben­ton’s is the aquatic star. Dubbed the wa­ter bat, it skims across reservoirs and lakes, pluck­ing in­sects from the sur­face with its hairy feet.

‘HEAVY’ WEIGHT

The noc­tule is our largest bat, weigh­ing in at 40g – nearly 10 times as much as the com­mon pip­istrelle.

GLUTTON

A pip­istrelle can eat 3,000 flies a night

HEART BEAT

Dur­ing hi­ber­na­tion, a bat can lower its heart beat to just 10 beats a minute, but in flight it can race up to 1,000 bpm.

LONG LIVED

A Brandt’s bat has been recorded at 41 years old, re­mark­able when it only weighs around 7g.

UP­SIDE-DOWN WORLD

Bats hang up­side down as it makes it eas­ier for them to open their wings be­fore take-off. If they were to hang on by the thumbs at the tips of their wings, they’d go into free-fall first. A spe­cial lock­ing mech­a­nism in their feet, ac­ti­vated by the bat’s weight, causes their claws to grip tighter.

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