A Mancunian Bat

Baturday News is a weekly blog written by Rachael, a high school student, bat advocate, and Save Lucy volunteer. Rachael’s interest in bats was sparked by the big brown bats that used the outside of her former home for a winter roost. Rachael has been writing the Baturday News for over three years.

A photograph of a leisler
An adorable Leisler's' bat. Photo courtesy Bat Conservation Trust.

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a good week! I would like to dedicate today’s blog to the people of Manchester, England. I was very sad to hear the news earlier in the week. My thoughts are with you.

I thought it would be nice to research the bats of Manchester. Manchester is in Northwest England and has a total of 9 different types of bats. All of them are considered to be of conservation importance in the Greater Manchester area. One of these bats is called the Leisler’s bat. It has long fur around the shoulders and upper back that makes it look like it has mane like a lion. Because of its long fur, it used to be called the hairy-armed bat. The fur is either golden-tipped or reddish-brown. These bats like to roost in tree holes, and sometimes in buildings. They like to move around and will only stay at a roost for a few days before the colony moves. Apparently, these bats are very vocal and make a loud “metallic” sound. The Leisler's bat likes to eat all kinds of yummy bugs, including flies, moths and beetles.

If you would like to learn more about these adorable little bats, you can read about them here.

[It pains us to scroll back over the years and see how many of Blogger Rachael's posts are dedicated to people of the world who have suffered unimaginable violence and tragedy. We can do better. Peace, love, and bats to all. --Ed.]


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