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To some people they bring to mind vampires, Hallowe’en and horror stories.

But bats are fascinating animals full of many mysteries still left for us to discover.

The New Forest is a stronghold for bats and it is thought that 13 out of the 18 UK species can be found here (17 of which are known to breed in the UK).

The bat is the world’s only flying mammal – and they are a vital part of our native wildlife. Their presence indicates a healthy environment so their future is directly linked to our own quality of life.

Sadly a quarter of the world’s 1,100 bat species are threatened with extinction and bats are protected by law because their numbers have decreased so dramatically.

But the good news is that we are working with our partners to protect them and you can help.

Read on to find out more about these amazing animals and how you can get involved in helping them to flourish.

Lead Ranger


'To help ground nesting birds rear their young safely, keep yourself, dogs and ridden horses on the main tracks from the beginning of March to the end of July.'

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