Are you interested in helping out? Or simply interested in bats of the Cleveland area? You can just join the Cleveland Bat Group.
Would you like to help survey for bats and find out more about the bats in your neighbourhood? Even help with the administration side of thing would be a help. Or being a bat ambulance driver? A Bat carer? Please fill out the registration form below and we will be in touch.
Do you live in the Cleveland area south of the River Tees? Would you like to help us survey for bats and find out more about the bats in your neighbourhood?
On warm summer evenings if you are out in your garden you may well see bats flying and feeding at dusk. Most species of bats will use gardens to feed, even within towns and villages. All British bats are insectivorous; a single common pipistrelle bat can eat 3000 midges a night. Bats provide natural pest control, eating insects ranging from the tiny midge up to larger moths such as the large yellow underwing.
You can encourage bats to use your garden by choosing plants that flower at night, are night scented or have white or pale flowers which will all attract insects, providing food for visiting bats. Creating a pond or compost heaps in your garden will also increase the number of insects available for foraging bats.
The Bat Conservation Trust have a wealth of advice on how to garden for bats, including a list of suitable plants and when they flower, http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/encouraging_bats.html
Once you have planted your wildlife garden, sit out on a warm evening on enjoy the wildlife around you!