Often misjudged thanks to myths and preconceptions, bats are now treasured as fascinating and vulnerable creatures.
In celebration of these endangered stars of the night, a weekend of special family events is taking place at the Natural History Museum, London, on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 July.
The weekend will include talks by experts, bat box building, face painting and craft activities. Planned in partnership with the Natural History Museum, Open Air Laboratories (a Big Lottery Fund initiative), Bat Conservation Trust and the London Bat Group, the weekend will dispel myths about bats and explain what we can do to help protect them.
There are 17 native species of bat, which account for more than a quarter of mammal species. UK bats are a vital part of British biodiversity. There are few other nocturnal insect-eaters and a single bat may eat hundreds of insects a night.
25 – 26 July, 12.30–16.30
Talk, Saturday 12.30 and 14.30
- How to Go Batty in the Nature Live studio
- When is the best time to go bat watching? How can you help out with bat conservation? Learn about the wonderful bat species living close to you and what they get up to while we’re sleep.
Talk, Sunday 12.30 and 14.30
- Bats: The Real Stars of the Night in the Nature Live studio
- Hear about this vulnerable group of mammals and find out how you can help protect them, plus discover the best places to see bats where you live.
13.00 and 15.00 Saturday and Sunday
- Meet a Museum zoologist in the Nature Live studio
- See some specimens from the incredible bat collection kept at the Natural History Museum. Chat to a Museum zoologist and find out how she looks after skins and skeletons.
Family activity, Saturday and Sunday between 12.30 and 16.30
- Bat box building, meet a bat expert, batty craft and face painting in the Wildlife Garden
For more information:
Visit our Attractions page on the Natural History Museum