Horseshoe bats in “Devon Greater Horseshoe bats” project

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Greater horseshoe bats in Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project

There is an interesting night live stream on amazing bats of the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project. The webcam is located in an aviary with large horseshoes (a kind of bat) in Exeter, United Kingdom. The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat project, which provided us with the opportunity to show you interesting animals in the online camera, is enabling people to learn about, celebrate and help to care for these enigmatic bats and the landscape they live in.

The bats — the large horseshoes that you see in the webcam — are under the protection and care of the project.

The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project works with local communities to secure a future for greater horseshoe bats in our live cam from Devon, their northern European stronghold.

This partnership project of 18 organizations led by Devon Wildlife Trust and is supported by the National Lottery through the National Lottery Heritage Fund, as well as other funders.

 

Greater horseshoe bats.

Greater horseshoe bats, which you can watch in the online webcam, are the largest bats species in Europe. Horseshoe bats also live in North Africa, Western Europe, Japan.

Despite their name “greater,” these bats are miniature: they are only 7 cm tall and their weigh is 30 grams. The back and wings color of the back is grayish-brown with a reddish tinge and a belly is ash gray.
Unfortunately, you will not see these colors in our webcam, as it is always dark in our live stream. The body of these small wild animals is covered with short dense fur.

The funny name of “horseshoe”, this type of bats got thanks to a special growth around the nostrils that look like a horseshoe. With their help, the mammals is able to make sounds, as well as use them as an antenna.

Horseshoe bats are almost blind. But they hear perfectly. The ears of bats, clearly visible in our live camera, are large, slightly pointed, and there is no wool on them. Paws are equipped with tenacious claws. The wings of the animal represent an elastic membrane.

Greater horseshoe bats live in dark caves, rocks crevices and other hidden places. Sometimes they settle down in human buildings: attics, basements, abandoned old houses. For example, our web camera is installed in an artificially created closed enclosure where bats are resting.

Horseshoe bats are night mammals, so they sleep during the day. As you can see in the online camera, bats sleep upside down, covering their bodies with large wings, like a raincoat. With their paws, they cling tenaciously to the crossbar. Horseshoe bats are predators. They fly for hunting at night, trying to find large insects.

In winter, the horseshoe bats fall asleep. Females carry only one baby for 3 months. The little one appears approximately from June to July. At 4 weeks of age, a small horseshoe is already able to fly. And in an independent life begins 2 months old. To start adult life the horseshoe bats can in the age of 2 years.

In the wildlife, greater horseshoe, which you see in the online webcam, live for about 20 years.

It is important to note that all kinds of bats, including greater horseshoe bats which you see in our online live camera, is only group of mammals that can fly.

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