Tuesday 17th April 2018
Happy National Bat Appreciation Day!
The 17th of April is National Bat Appreciation Day. This is because April is the best time of the year to observe bats, as they are now beginning to emerge from hibernation. National Bat Appreciation Day is an excellent time to learn about the role bats play in nature. Bats play an important role in many environments around the world. Some plants depend partly or even fully on bats to pollinate their flowers or spread their seeds, while other bats also help control control pests by eating insects. All bats have very big appetites, because flying uses up lots of energy. Some bats can eat over 3,000 tiny insects in a single night!
Fun Bat Facts:-
- Some species of bats can live up to 40 years.
- Bats can see in the dark and use their extreme sense of hearing.
- Bats are the only mammal naturally capable of true and sustained flight.
- There are over 1,200 known species of bats.
- Bats are clean animals, grooming themselves almost constantly.
- Nearly 70% of bats are insectivores.
- There are 18 species of bat in the UK,
- Bats usually only have one baby a year.
Sadly, bat populations have suffered severe declines during the past century and our staff and families here at the park want to change this. Bat boxes are artificial roosts designed to encourage bats into areas where there are few roosting sites. We are adding bat boxes throughout the park to encourage bats to roost here.
If bat conservation is something you are interested in, why not sponsor a bat box yourself. Give us a call or pop in to the park for more information.