Windpump at sunrise on The Broads National Park

August is bats spotting season in East Anglia

How to spot bats in the wild...

Bat spotting in East Anglia

Bats are easier to spot during the summer months as they’re out and about hunting for insects. 

Choose a dark area.

Arrive just before the sun sets. Bats are easiest to spot around dusk when they come out to feed.

Watch the water. Bats need to hydrate themselves just as much as we do and you’ll often see them swooping down to take a drink from the waterway. 

Go out on a dry, still night. Bats don’t like hunting insects when it’s wet as the moisture in the air confuses their echolocation system.

Choose a good spot. Stand on a bridge so that you get a good view of the water in both directions or find a straight part of the waterway so that you can see as far as possible. 

Bat facts!

Bat spotting in East Anglia
  1. Bats are the only true flying mammals
  2. Bats can live for up to 30 years
  3. Bats only have one young per year
  4. All British bats eat insects
  5. A single pipistrelle needs to catch and eat at least 3000 small insects every night during the summer
  6. Bats are not blind they have good eye sight and but see in the dark using echo location or sonar

Where to spot bats in East Anglia...

Bat spotting in East Anglia

One of the best places to see bats in their natural habitat is at Lackford Lakes in Suffolk. 

In summer, the reserve is alive with damselflies and dragonflies. Swallows and martins sweep over the surface of the water feeding on small flies. The lakesides are also a busy nesting ground for great-crested grebe, tufted duck and water rail. 

Lackford Lakes, Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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