Frozen food threat to UK bats

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Freezing nights are causing bats to starve because they have caused their insect food supply to die out. The bats were encouraged out of hibernation by the warm spells of early Spring, but the frosts have left them little in the way of moths and other night flyers to eat.

''I've never seen so many malnourished bats at this time of year,'' said bat expert Patty Briggs of the Bat Conservation Trust.