Fancy a bat chat?

Lesser horseshoe bats on the Sherborne Park Estate

It seems that bats, like us, enjoy a good chat. At dusk, when lesser horseshoe bats gather at the entrance to their summer maternity roost ready to fly out and feed, it appears that they have something to discuss.

We still don’t know what this chat is all about – maybe a sort of contact call of  ‘I’m here, it’s me’. These social calls are not as high-pitched as those they use to ‘echolocate’ and find their way around. They’re lower, quieter and sort of a warble.

There are a lot of questions to be answered about this chattering, but perhaps with Springwatch cameras inside a roost and local experts on the case too, we may discover more.

Watch this space, or warble!