Using a bat detector

Louis is eight, and since he was four he has loved bats and everything to do with them.

For his fifth birthday Louis asked for a bat detector. We had been on a local guided bat walk and he was hooked. We searched the internet for a bat detector suitable for a four year old but I don’t think many four year olds must ask for bat detectors!

We found a suitable one made by Batz in the end and although I think we paid around £80.00 for it at the time, it’s been well worth the money. The same one probably isn’t available now but a quick google tells me that a newer, digital version is retailing at around £70.00.

Louis bat detector

With Louis and his love of bats in mind, day 14 of #30DaysWild is all about bats. Do you know where and when to spot them?

The best time to spot bats is at dusk. They are found almost everywhere but you have a better chance of spotting them in a quiet place, near still water. That’s where they find lots to eat so will naturally gather there in higher numbers.

There are lots of bat species, but here in the UK there are 17 or 18 known species. The ones we spot most often are the common pipistrelle and the daubenton’s bat. We learned to differentiate between the two by the sounds they make which are picked up by the bat detector.

Some fun bat facts

  • Bats are flying mammals.
  • While others can glide, bats are the only mammals capable of continued flight.
  • There are over 1000 different bat species.
  • Bats are nocturnal (active at night).
  • Bats ‘see’ in the dark using a special skill called echolocation. Bats make noises and wait for the sound waves to bounce back off objects (an echo), if it doesn’t bounce back then they can safely fly forward. They can tell the distance of various objects by how quickly the sound waves bounce back to them.
  • Most bats feed on insects, while others eat fruit, fish or even blood!
  • There are 3 species of vampire bats which feed solely on blood.
  • Vampire bats have small and extremely sharp teeth which are capable of piercing an animal’s skin (humans included) without them even noticing.
  • Vampire bats can carry rabies, making their bites potentially dangerous.
  • Some bats live by themselves while others live in caves with thousands of other bats.
  • Bats can live for over 20 years.
  • Pteropus bats (also known as flying foxes or fruit bats) are the largest in the world.


I’ve teamed up with during our wild month of June to bring you a brilliant competition! You can win one of their fabulous kids Morphsuits – just complete the gleam widget below.

You can choose from the vampire bat, the cobra or the tiger. Which one will you choose?

Our boys had the Vampire Bat costumes for Halloween last year and loved them!

bat morphsuits

Good luck!



  1. Awww look at that face, he is clearly very chuffed! Always love to sit out in my back garden at night, we have loads of bats that always fly around! He can pop over anytime! Sim xx

  2. Karen your boy would have been a great help to us yesterday, we think there is a bat in the wall of our cottage office, luckily we have lots of wildlife experts around but it’s still a shock when you hear scratchy noises in the corner, haha.

  3. I d choose a cobra for my nephew
    He’s a slippery slidey little character who would love this
    We have loads of bats near us -were near the canal and at night you can see them clearly

  4. Awww bless him, he looks chuffed to bits. We used rent a house that had bats in the roof.Very lovely but they were nested above the children’s room so they often kept them awake with the nocturnal parties 🙂 #countrykids

  5. I love it that he’s been interested in bats from such a young age. Obviously a naturalist in the making! In my old garden we had a bat that constantly flew in circles right outside the front window – it was mesmerising, we could watch for hours (or at least until it got dark). #countrykids

  6. My Grandson would love a bat costume, he sits and watches them in amongst the trees in his back garden 😀

  7. We love bats too. We have a maternity roost in our attic each spring/summer. Counted 150 this year. If your son is an early riser, it is worth getting up at dawn and seeing the bats return to their roost, if you know where it is. They don’t go straight in, but circle around just in front of it, chatting to each other, for some time. We often have 30 plus of them flying/queueing to get in. It is quite a sight. #CountryKids

    • He isn’t really an early riser, but I think that’s a great idea and I’m sure he would be more enthusiastic if he were getting up for a reason other than school!

  8. I would choose the Cobra Morphsuit for my son. He would love trying to scare people with it including me!!

  9. Love that he was into it at 4 years old, thats great! love the morphsuits, never seen them before. I did not know bats could live that long! #country kids

  10. I was going to say the cobra but honestly I think that one looks quite scary, I think I’d go for the tiger!

  11. I would choose the tiger for my son, so he could go as the tiger who came for tea at the next world book day! When they have to dress up at school!

  12. I have chosen the Bat suit if I’m lucky enough to win and I would be giving it to my 6 year old granddaughter Maisie

  13. I’d choose the Tiger for my niece 🙂

    y sis has recently moved house and now has a large backgarden – the kids love to sit out in the evening and watch the bats flying around – tho they can be difficult to spot!

  14. I think it would have to be a tiger one, thank you for the chance on this brilliant competition

  15. I’d choose the tiger for my boy Harry. He has a fascination with them like your boy does with bats 🙂

  16. I would choose the tiger for my nephew, he’s always loved big cats and his favourite is the tiger!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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