Over the summer months I love to watch the bats that fly over the garden – common pipistrelle’s I think. It’s a bit of a double wammy, those of you who know me – know I love moths and have planted to attract moths, this has attracted the bats too which is fantastic but I do feel for my moths!
I can practically time them coming over, sweeping and circling over the garden – the silly thing is when I first noticed them I thought they were swifts (in the dark, yes -stupid eh
!) before it dawned what they were!
It has been so difficult to get photo’s of them -as they are so fast and it is dark. I only ever managed one very bad image, that was last year when the bat was against a neighbours white wall.
We live in a town, but bats live in roofs in the immediate area in two places I know of. One is the church roof over the road, and the other is a large house close by with a proper roof (not flat like ours, and most in the area), they have clay pan tiles and the owners have especially adapted tiles with space for bats, these tiles are also on the church roof.
In Holland we have 19 types of Bat – which surprised me really, I thought there would be 3 or 4 types. The sad thing is we have lost 3 types completely in the last 50 years.
All bats in Holland are protected by law but even so there are 9 species currently on the danger list.