Brainteaser: Can you spot the bat amongst the tools?

Brainteaser: Can you spot the bat amongst the tools?

At Burton Roofing, we’re always on hand to help offer technical advice from our established team, whether you require a sample or an estimate, our team will be pleased to assist. But sometimes we will also ask for your help as well, especially when it comes to brain-teasers!

Our latest puzzle features a sleeping bat hidden among an assortment of tools and whilst providing a bit of fun, it also has a serious message about the importance of bats and ensuring they are protected if they decide to pay a visit to your home.

Research from the Bat Conservation Trust shows that bats play an important role in many different environments across the country. Some plants depend partly or wholly on bats to pollinate their flowers or spread their seeds, while other bats also help control pests by eating insects. In the UK, some bats are ‘indicator species’, because changes to these bat populations can indicate changes in aspects of biodiversity. Bats might suffer when there are problems with insect populations (because our bats feed on insects) or when habitats are destroyed or poorly managed (for example, some bats only live in large woodlands).

Dr Joe Nunez-Mino, Director of Communications & Fundraising at the Bat Conservation Trust, commented:

“Bats often go unnoticed when they roost in lofts, basements, garages and external parts of buildings, but occasionally they accidentally stray into the living spaces of homes and workplaces. Sometimes in the summer, young bats, which are inexperienced flyers, will become exhausted before finding their way out. They may try to land on a wall or curtains, or they may crash land on furniture or the floor. If you do happen to find a bat has landed inside or around your property, then it is probably in need of some help.

A grounded or injured bat needs to be safely contained. You can make a bat care box from a shoe box with small holes punched in the lid, a cloth or tea towel inside the box, and a plastic bottle cap filled with a few drops of water. Always ensure you are wearing gloves when moving the bat into the bat care box, where the bat will hide within the tea towel. Keep the water topped up regularly and ensure the box is kept indoors in a quiet dark place, and then call the National Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228 for advice and next steps.

If a bat is flying around your room or living space, you should never try and catch it as you are likely to injure the bat. If it’s a warm evening you can try and close the door to the room, open all the windows and dim the lights so the bat has the best chance to find its own way out. During the daytime or in the winter months, wait for the bat to land before containing it in your bat care box, then call the National Bat Helpline for further advice, as the bat may need to be assessed by a bat carer.

In the UK, all bats and their roosts are protected by law. If you need to undertake any works that may affect a bat roost, you should seek advice on how these works should be undertaken.  If you ever find a bat while carrying out works to your building, you should pause all works and contact your Statutory Nature Conservation Organisation for advice as soon as possible. You may be eligible to a free roost visit

To find out how you can support bat conservation in the UK, including how to donate or volunteer with the Bat Conservation Trust visit their website here.”

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