To some people, bats are the stuff of nightmares.
Thought of as blood sucking, flickering creatures of the night that will fly straight towards you and get stuck in your hair. This could not be further from the truth.
In Britain, we have 17 species of bat and all of them feed on insects, so no Draculas here.
Moths make up one other favourite foods, but to catch them they don’t rely on sight.
Instead, they rely heavily on their sense of echolocation to find their prey. Whilst flying, bats will make dozens of high-pitched calls which then bounce off objects all around the bat and cause an echo.
It’s these echoes that the bats are listening for and with them they are able to develop a 360 degree image of the world around them, including their prey.
To watch them in action head down to your local river, canal or just your own back garden at dusk and look to the skies for these fantastic little mammals.
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