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PIPISTRELLE BATS

Photograph of a Pipistrelle Bat Unusually Seen During Daylight Hours

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 provides protection for all species of bat found in the United Kingdom. It is illegal to kill, or even disturb, bats in their roost.

This Pipistrelle bat was unusually seen during daylight hours on an outside wall. Fortunately, the bat did not appear to be injured and was left alone and eventually, once darkness came, the bat flew away. It is important to remember, as mentioned, that bats are a protected species and should always be left alone. Should ever a grounded or injured bat be found, contact should be made with the Bat Conservation Trust for their advice and the National Bat Helpline is www.bats.org.uk

Unfortunately as their natural habitats have been lost, bats have come to rely on buildings for shelter. Often bats will roost in houses, however they do not nibble or gnaw and therefore do not cause any damage to wires, insulation or wood. They do however eat insects and are a great form of natural pest control.

Therefore if you should find bats roosting in your loft space, remember bats are not rodents. They do not build nests and because of this they do not bring either insect prey or bedding material into the roost. In the UK bat droppings are dry and just crumble away to dust and there are no known health risks associated with bat droppings. Due to the fact that female bats tend to have only one baby a year, properties do not become infested. If bats are present and there is the slightest possibility of them being disturbed, you should always consult as mentioned the National Bat Helpline

Due to the fact that rabies can only be transmitted from an infected bat by a bite or a scratch and cannot be transmitted through urine or faeces. The risk of rabies from UK bats is extremely small, especially as mentioned bats should never be disturbed or handled.

Bats are clean and sociable animals and spend many hours grooming themselves.

There are three difference species of the Pipistrelle bat. The common pipistrelle, the soprano pipistrelle and the rarer Nathusius pipistrelle.

Pipistrelles are the most common of all British bats. It is amazing to think that a pipistrelle bat weighs about the same as a twenty pence piece (approximately 5 grams). They emerge at night and usually travel for up to five kilometres whilst hunting for food. These bats feed on small flying insects, with a single pipistrelle eating up to 3,000 gnats in one night.

The maximum life span recorded is eleven years’. However, normally the Pipistrelle bat lives for four to five years.

For those interested in trying to spot bats, the best time is between May and September. Bats begin to hibernate from October and therefore to try and see them out flying the best time is the summer months’. The first half hour after sunset is the time most likely to see them.

The National Trust are at the forefront of bat conservation in the UK and provide information on their web site of the old buildings and houses which they care for and which are ideal roosting sites for bats.

For pest control advice and free, no obligation surveys, please contact Nottingham Pest Control:-

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