Help protect our nation's bats

Brown long-eared batBats are amazing animals but their habitats are under increasing threat and numbers are in serious decline so we need your help to protect them.

Many people will shiver at the thought of bats, perhaps due to their unfortunate association with vampires. However, all 17 UK bat species feed on insects and are likely to be much more scared of you.

OPAL wants more people to become aware of these extraordinary animals and what we can do to protect them. Taking part in the Count Bat project led by the Bat Conservation Trust is one way you can help conserve our nation's bats.

OPAL will be supporting this project and organising events to help you get involved.

Did you know these incredible bat facts?

  • Bats are the only mammals that can fly
  • The brown long-eared bat has exceptionally sensitive hearing and can hear a ladybird walking on a leaf
  • Bats detect their prey at night by making a series of shouting sounds and then listening to the echoes which give information about the location and size of what’s in front of them. This is called echolocation.
  • Only 3 bat species feed on blood and they all live in South America.

Count Bat Project
The Bat Conservation Trust will soon be launching its Count Bat Project, which asks people across the UK to log their sightings of bats online. The results will help us learn more about where bats are living and what we can do to protect them.

Our North East, West Midlands and London teams have organised special events to support this project. Yorkshire and Humber are also running events to support the Count Bat project, details of which will be posted soon on their activity page.

OPAL North East - Count Bat Open Day - Sunday 26 July 2009, Moorbank Botanic Gardens
Meet a Count Bat expert, learn about your local bat group and discover how you can get involved in the project. For more information contact

OPAL West Midlands - Bat survey events
Survey events are being organised throughout the West Midlands, working closely with the Birmingham Bat group. For more information contact

OPAL London - Go batty at the Natural History Museum, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July 2009.
A whole range of bat themed events are taking place at the Natural History Museum, including a chance to learn all about bats from the experts. For full weekend schedule see the OPAL London activities page.

If your OPAL region is not involved in this project you can still join in by contacting the Count Bat Project directly.