An evening dedicated to the little beauties of the night

This 26th edition once again allows you to learn more about these flying mammals. In Aube, an exceptional evening is offered at La Ville-aux-Bois.

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Some still like to compare bats to vampires in fantasy tales. What a bad trial! We should rather call them the beauties of the night. Because like the flower that only opens at night, we have to wait until evening to see these discreet little flying mammals that are everywhere around us.

However, they remain unknown and still too often victims of many received ideas such as the fact that they cling to hair, gnaw on electrical wires or suck blood. False and arch-false. They are far too clever and skilful in their flight to get stuck in even long hair. As for blood-sucking bats, there are only three species that draw blood from animals out of nearly 1,200 species distributed around the world. Really nothing to justify such an image…

To get to know them better, the French Society for the Study and Protection of Mammals (SFEPM) invites the public each year to participate during the summer and in particular the last weekend of August in a major national and international event. to raise awareness about bats: International Bat Night.

Throughout France, specialists offer many events for rich encounters that will allow you to discover, get excited about and learn to love these nocturnal mammals.

September 2 in the Aube

In Aube, the animation will be a little late since it will take place on Friday September 2 at La Ville-aux-Bois.

During this evening, Vincent Ternois, chiroptera specialist and presenter at the Aube Federation of Hunters, will present the biology, diversity, threats and protection of indoor bats before possibly proposing an outing to try to hear them (thanks to ultrasound devices) and perhaps catch a glimpse of them. “The idea is to have a conference that goes around the subject without using overly technical terms. A presentation of the characteristics of the species, the threats which weigh on them but also to break the myths. I have been studying bats for more than 15 years, I have a lot of anecdotes to ensure that it is an interactive exchange with the public”explains Vincent Ternois.

Foresters or anthropophiles

For the output, it will be more random because it is not always easy to see or even hear them. “We will have short films made and also a whole section to explain how to help them, in particular by preserving old trees for islands of senescence. »

In Humid Champagne, around twenty species have been identified, such as the common serotine, the common pipistrelle, but also the noctule and Bechstein’s murine.

They can be forest, that is to say nest in trees in the heart of the woods or anthropophilic, that is to say closer to human habitats and nest in buildings (farm or attic).

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An evening dedicated to the little beauties of the night