Thursday, 11 July 2013

Fewer bat sightings spark breeding fears

Britain's bats could face difficulties this summer following two cold springs in a row, a charity suggests.

Latest figures from the National Bat Monitoring Programme revealed that fewer of the flying mammals were counted in 2012 than the previous year.

The Bat Conservation Trust is concerned that this year's "unseasonable start" could mean that bats struggle to bounce back.

However it suggested it is too early to tell if bats are on a downwards trend.

During the summer bat activity reaches its peak. But this year the animals are faced with the challenges of a delayed breeding season and a lack of winged insects on which they feed, according to the Bat Conservation Trust.

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