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  Earthquake bats move to new cave
Updated 27 August 2003, 15.45
The Daubenton's bat
(picture BCT/J J Kaczanow)

A colony of bats whose home was ruined in the UK's biggest earthquake for ten years are moving to a new roost.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is making an hibernaculum - a kind of man made cave - for thousands of the bats to sleep in.

The furry flying beasties had their home disturbed after the quake which hit the Midlands on 23 September last year.

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Bat facts
Bats can live for 30 years
They are the only flying mammals
One fifth of the world's species of mammals are bats
Often choose modern houses to roost in
Although the bats were going to be moved anyway, the quake made it much more urgent.

Six of the 16 species of bat in the UK are very rare, and six more are in danger.

The location of the Dudley bats' new home will be kept secret, but bat lovers will be able spot them on organised walks.

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