Insect-eating bats play a critical role in our ecosystem by eating and helping to control insects like cockroaches, mosquitoes, and agricultural pests.
However, insect-eating bats in New South Wales are in decline. They are under threat from habitat loss, human activities and climate change. Of the 34 species in New South Wales, 18 are listed as threatened or are thought to be extinct.
Bats in Backyards is a citizen science project contributing valuable data to help save some of New South Wales's rarest insect-eating bats from extinction.
With large gaps in the known habitat requirements and distribution of these threatened species, we need to learn more to better protect them.