Why should we care about bats?

Forget what you see in horror movies. Contrary to what people think, bats do not get caught in people’s hair and they don’t attack anyone. In fact, there are no vampire bats in Australia

Bats are extremely important to the ecosystem. They prey on night flying insects helping to control insect populations. A single bat can eat up to 1000 mosquitoes a night, which is roughly the equivalent of their body weight. Bats play a critical role in their ability to act as an environmentally friendly insect repellent.

Locally bats roost in tree hollows or under bark, in areas where there are limestone caves they use these. Over the years, the bat population has been steadily declining. This is due to declining habitat caused by growing development and urbanization.

The presence of bats indicates the health of the ecosystem. Creating and improving habitat for bats will also provide habitat for other wildlife

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