Bats at Tattershall Castle

A Daubenton's bat

The main species of bats found are Pipistrelles, but a keen bat enthusiast will recognise that there are also Brown Long Eared and Daubenton bats too. The Lincolnshire Bat Group, a voluntary organisation, comes out to monitor the bats annually and helps care for any bats that need any extra care.

What's the deal with bats, anyway?

Here's the amazing thing about bats: They use something called "echolocation" to hunt for food (mostly insects and worms in the Castle grounds) as well as to interpret their surroundings. No wonder they love the vast echoing chambers of the castle!

They emit sounds which are too high a frequency for humans to detect, and interpret the echoes created to build a "sound picture" of their surroundings.

We carefully check bats that may have lost their way, or swooped too fast and recieved a bat on the head.
A member of the Tattershall Team carefully holds a potentially injured bat to make sure it is safe.
We carefully check bats that may have lost their way, or swooped too fast and recieved a bat on the head.

Will I see some bats on my visit?

Bats sleep during the day and emerge at night just as dusk is setting, but that won't stop you from keeping you eyes peeled, will it? You're more than likely to spot a few as you wander the Castle or Holy Trinity Church next door. We have one of the largest colonies in britain, so your chances are even higher.