Rarely seen at halloween...
As dusk falls on a warm summer evening, look up and watch the fascinating high speed chase that’s going on overhead! Across Yorkshire’s suburban streets bats and insects play out their aerial battles, swooping and evading, rushing along tree lines and between houses in a fight for survival.
These small, brown furry flying mammals only weight as much as a 20p piece but need to catch and eat around 3,000 insect every night! If your hearing is razor sharp you might be lucky enough to hear their ultrasonic calls as they pass by.
But hearing these incredible creatures is getting harder and harder.
We're helping bats all over Yorkshire
Every year our experts advise planners and landowners across Yorkshire, helping them make buildings more bat-friendly and reconnecting our wild landscapes. We oppose developments that will harm wildlife and make sure that the needs of wildlife are taken into account.
On our nature reserves and within communities, we find natural corridors and improve them. We enhance the wildlife value of green patches and spaces in built-up areas, like South Yorkshire’s post-industrial landscape. Old railway lines and canals now make wildlife highways rich with insects for bats to hunt.
But their future is far from certain
Between 1978 and 1993 pipistrelle bats have declined by a shocking 70%.
The changes we make to how we use land is having a huge impact on these wonderful creatures. Bats rely on a network of hunting patches and as our rural and urban landscapes become fragmented it becomes harder for them to reach the food they need. Intensive agriculture and urbanisation means that the corridors of trees, hedges and insect rich meadows are no longer there to feed along, even when insects are present.
Fragmentation also increases the impact that other threats have such as certain types of artificial lighting, which disrupts flight routes, and declines in suitable roost sites in town and countryside.
Save the common pipistrelle bat
If we act now we can ensure that pipistrelle bats have a chance to recover in a Yorkshire which is better for wildlife and people. Donate to the Wildlife Recovery Fund to take action for bats today.
You can make a difference
A joined up mosaic of wildlife friendly habitats is what bats need. Patches of wildflowers which encourage the insects they feed on, woodlands full of nooks and crannies to roost in and hedges, gardens and verges which are safe routes between them all.
In recent years there has been a slight improvement for pipistrelle bat numbers and we have a chance to build on this progress so that numbers continue to improve. Darker skies, quieter streets and gardens full of plants which encourage night-time insects will all help to provide the right conditions for this special animal, as well as ensuring that there are more, not fewer, places for roosting and hibernation.