British bats eat flying insects and nothing else. A bat can catch up to 3000 insects a night! In other countries, bats can eat fruit, flowers, fish, frogs and even blood!
` Where bats live is called their 'roost.' Some places bats like to roost are trees, caves, bridges, barns or even houses! In the winter, bats go into hibernation and they usually move Into caves or tunnels, where it is cooler and they won't be disturbed.
Bats can be eaten by owls, cats and even snakes.
Bats are the only mammals that can fly. They have large ears and wings. Like other mammals, bats are covered in hair. British bats range in size from just 4cm to 8cm.
Bats have incredible hearing, and use sound to catch their prey. They use 'echolocation,' meaning they find things using echoes.
Foxes will eat anything they can find or catch such as fruit, berries, nuts, birds, mammals, rats, insects, eggs, slugs - and anything humans leave around.
Foxes live in an underground den. They are very good at digging. Foxes live almost anywhere – in woodlands, fields towns and gardens.
Foxes dont have many predators in Britain, other than man. For many years, foxes were hunted with horses and dogs, but this is now illegal.
Foxes have sharp, curved claws, sharp teeth, and thick, insulating red fur to keep them warm. Their big, bushy tail is called a brush.
Foxes are mostly active at night, their eyes being specially adapted to night- time vision. The fox's hearing is also excellent, helping it to locate prey easily. A male fox is called a dog, a female is called a vixen.
Many owls feed mainly on furry animals such as mice, rats, moles, squirrels and rabbits. They often swallow the smaller animals whole. They also eat insects, worms, spiders, frogs, lizards, and small birds.
There are six types of owl in Britain. They often live in old barns, tree hollows, nest boxes or sometimes holes in the ground.
Owls have powerful talons (claws) which help them catch and kill prey. Owls have large eyes and a flat face. The colour of owls feathers helps them blend into their environment (camouflage). Barn owls can be recognized by their heart shaped face.