A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with Angela Mills on Twitter about bats and the Bat Conservation Trust. She very kindly sent me a copy of her book ‘Bobby The Brown Long-eared bat’.
As this book is aimed at early readers and their families I enlisted the help of William, a young wildlife and dinosaur enthusiast. (Big Ben Garrod fan)
William, a bat lover aged 9, really liked the book, especially the bat facts and thought the way the facts were woven into the story were the best bit.
“The book reminds me of the time when my Granny had a bat in her house and she had to be very brave and let it out. Maybe that was Bobby!”
William and I talked about us both having bats in our back gardens and we discussed ways in which we could help our local bats.
After looking up Brown Long eared bats on the Oxon Mammal Group website we found we might actually have them on our local patch.
Brown Long-eared bats are a medium bat with a wing span of up to 285mm, weighing around 6- 12g. Their habitat includes woodland, parklands and urban areas, farmland, with their roost sites being in building such as churches and barns, as well as trees and bat boxes.
For information on bats visit Bat Conservation Trust