Keen to challenge the negative misconceptions of bats, animal lover Adam Hall is urging others to stop getting hung up on their ‘scary’ stereotype.
His story was broadcast on ITV News Lookaround on Monday 10th November.
Concerned that these mammals are often misunderstood, the 18-year-old from Ambleside in Cumbria is showing the benefits they bring to British wildlife.
‘I have an interest in bats because they are unusual creatures - like small flying balls with wings,' explains Adam.
‘My interest peaked when I did an extended project about them during college. Instead of doing a water survey or studying trees, I picked to do a bat survey instead.
‘But Halloween has turned the bat into an icon of fear and people think they are part of a scary film plot.
‘My Fixers project is to change people’s views on them.’
In the broadcast item, Adam meets Ecologist Rich Flight, who highlights the important role these creatures play in the ecosystem.
‘Bats indicate the health of a habitat. This is one of the main reasons why bats are so protected in Europe,’ explains Rich.
‘All the different insects are eaten by all the different species. They occupy different niches. So if you go out and find lots of bats, you can tell that you have a very good habitat around you.’
Speaking about his Fixers project, Adam adds: ‘I’m going to be making a video showing all the good points about bats and debunking myths.
‘My ultimate goal is to try to get people more involved by working with bats and keep these animals protected as well as we can.’
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