Watch out for the Bats
We have be hearing at British Bird Food
HQ that a lot of people around the country are discovering Bats on the floor or in places they would not usually be seen. So we did some investigating into this and it is mainly due to the inclement weather we are having at the moment and the fact that the Bats main diet of insects, are greatly reduced in numbers due to the poor weather we are experiencing.
The insects that our Bats would usually eat are not as active due to the weather and so the Bats are struggling to find anything to eat. This means they end up starving and unable to fly as they don't have the energy they would usually need. The common Pipistrelle Bat, for example, can eat up to 3,000 insects in a single evening.
We must watch out for the Bats and if you see one that looks in trouble, pick it up very carefully with a teatowel, place it into a shoebox with a number of air holes in, and take it to your local RSPCA Centre to get checked over or call the Bat Helpline on 0845 1300 228. Remember, Bats are protected so you must be very careful when handling them and make sure the Bat is in need before you come to it's aid. Under the law, you must not deliberately capture or injure a Bat.
Have a look at the Bat Boxes
available on our website, to see if you can help the Bats by putting up a box in your garden. We need to look after our wildlife as it is becoming increasingly common to hear that due to construction and various other reasons for habitat loss, our wildlife numbers are decreasing.
Pictured below is one of the Bat Boxes
available on our website.