European bats

Bats are the only flying mammals actually. Around the world, there are about 970 species, most living in the tropics area . In France, we have 37 different species.

European bats eat large quantities of insects. A common pipistrelle bat weighs just 6 grams and can eat about 500 grams of insects in a season and a greater mouse-eared bat can eat up to 40 beetles in one night.

Bats are excellent environmental indicators of the quality of our environment since each species has its own ecology. Only a rich and diverse natural environment allows the presence of many bat species. Conversely, when the environments are degraded and trivialized the landscape, the number of species encountered fall quickly.