secretive nocturnal habits and hidden daytime roosting sites, coupled
with the fact that they spend almost half the year hibernating,
makes them a difficult group of animals to study.
Natterers Bat is thought to be our fourth most common species
and can be found all over Britain.
live in the summer in cracks and joints in the timbers of old barns
and churches and occasionally in wells and house roofs.
the winter they hide away in sites such as chalk caves, tunnels,
ice houses and lime kilns.
Norfolk Bat Group aims to increase our knowledge of these
more than 30 years, Norfolk's bat man, John Goldsmith has gone out
looking for bats in the evenings and at the weekends.
Members of the bat group get involved with bat
conservation activities such as making bat boxes, visiting people
who have bats in their homes and digging out some of the underground
tunnels that bats may want to hibernate in.
is encouraged to help with this task by reporting any found or seen,
and helping the conservation of known roosting sites.
and their roosts are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside
courtesy of the Norfolk Bat Group
By Sheila McKeown, a librarian at the Millennium Library in
The Secret World of Bats, by Theresa Greenaway.
Raintree 2003, ISBN 1844215849.
Bat and Bird by Rod Theodorou. Heinemann
1996, ISBN 0431063702.
You can get hold of these books through
your local library.
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