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Group catch the 'bat bug' at organic farm

Group catch the 'bat bug' at organic farm

The Community Farm’s Bat Walk proved popular, with 40 people, young and old, attending the event. Bat enthusiast David Brown was on hand to guide the group through the farm’s fields at Denny Lane, Chew Magna.
As the sun dipped, the bats didn’t disappoint, putting on a delightful display for the group, who followed them keenly, armed with bat detecting machines provided by David.
Many bats have made the organic farm their home, thanks to its old trees and open spaces. The farm’s nature-friendly methods helps boost the bug population too – so there’s plenty of treats for them to feast on at dusk. Bats eat midges, flies, moths and caterpillars (some eat fruit, frogs, fish – even blood!)
Bats are the only mammal that can fly, and can live for up to 35 years. There are 16 species resident in the UK and the group identified three at The Farm on the night; Noctule, Serotine and the Common Pipistrelle.
David  said: “I’ve been fascinated by bats for over 20 years, so it’s great to see so many people wanting to learn more about them, especially the youngsters. They will have taken away some special memories on the walk tonight, and who knows, those memories may just develop into a passion.”
All bats and their roosts are protected by UK and European law. To discover more, visit the Avon Bat Group website avonbatgroup.org.uk. Forthcoming wildlife events at The Community Farm can be found at www.thecommunityfarm.co.uk.

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