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Bat facts

Duration: 03:24

The middle of the day is a good time to find a forest animal that hasn't packed up for the winter yet. Bill Oddie heads off with forest keeper Martin Noble to look for bats in bat boxes. The first one they find is a pipistrelle. It is about the size of a pygmy shrew, but weighs less. They are the smallest of the bats but have quite a large wingspan - more than six inches. The different shaped ears of bats are for hearing their contact and echolocation calls. People can hear their contact calls, but the echolocation ones are at a much higher frequency and act like 'radar' so the bat can navigate in the dark. The second type of bat is a long-eared bat. It can even inflate its ears with blood to give it much better hearing. They can thus make much quieter echolocation calls and still detect them. Since some moths can hear bats calling and will take evasive action, a quiet call is an advantage. The bats will be returned to their bat boxes.

Available since: Tue 25 May 2010


Bill Oddie
Camera Operator
John Aitchison
Camera Operator
Eric Hayton
Martin Noble
Ian Young
Hugh Pearson
Hugh Pearson

This clip is from

Bill Oddie Goes Wild Series 2, New Forest

6/8 Bill Oddie explores the New Forest in Hampshire, home to badgers and deer.

First broadcast: 08 Feb 2002

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