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Bats come out for Halloween

31 October 2011

The 2011 British Waterways Survey has shown a 9% increase on bat numbers since the same time last year.

British Waterways, which cares for 2,200 miles of canals and rivers in England, Scotland and Wales, conducts the survey annually from April to October.

The results are collected by volunteers who use the towpaths and canals and record their wildlife sightings.

It is positive news for conservation bodies at all levels who are working to increase Britain’s bat population.

And whilst many of us will not be looking forward to the prospect of another cold winter, the cold conditions are ideal for hibernation which will hopefully lead to us seeing even higher numbers in next year’s survey.

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