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How Bats Communicate and Make Your Own Bat!

Part of Flight Week

Bats account for almost a third of all mammal species in the UK and are extremely important in terms of biodiversity.

Biodiversity refers to the variety of life. It is seen in the number of species in an ecosystem or on the entire Earth Biodiversity gets used as a measure of the health of biological systems, and to see if there is a danger that too many species become extinct.

Bats can tell us a lot about the state of the environment as they eat many common nocturnal insects - so if there is a problem with these insects then the bats can't eat them and their number will reduce. If there are lots of bats then there are lots of insects.

Activity - Now you have learnt all about bats why not have a go at Making An Origami Bat - maybe make a few and hang them up - you could have your very own colony of bats!

The best way you can help the bat population is to leave them alone really - they like to hibernate over winter so if you think there is a bat nest near you leave it undisturbed and let the occupants snooze through the cold winters and come the spring you can watch them swooping round gobbling up insects galore every evening. They are great fun to watch and if you are lucky you could maybe find out about a Bat Walk in your local area and learn more about these lovely flying mammals!

Not only are bats capable of flying but they also communicate in a very interesting way too!

Watch this video about how bats communicate with one another and navigate their surroundings.

Echolocation Video

Activity: Now see how much you know about bats by trying the How Much Do You Know About Bats? (PDF) worksheet.

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