Bats account for nearly one-third of all mammal species in the UK and live in a variety of habitats, including both rural and urban areas. They are good indicators of biodiversity, meaning that the presence of bats and the state of bat populations in a certain area is a good indication of a healthy environment. In the UK all 18 bat species only eat insects which they hunt and eat on the wing, so they act as important pest controllers. Elsewhere in the world, they also feed on a variety of fruit, pollen, fish, frogs, blood and sometimes even other bats! Because of this diversity of feeding habits, bats are also important pollinators and seed dispersers of many economically important fruits and plants.
Bat Conservation Trust does a lot of work both on the ground and behind the scenes to make sure bats and their habitats are protected. However, they need your help to keep up their great work!
During the last century, bat populations in the UK suffered severe declines. Things seem to be on the up though, and some species seem to be increasing. They still face a range of threats so every help counts and your donation certainly helps Bat Conservation Trust continues their work.