A-Z Wildlife Facts
Bat – Barbastelle
The Barbastelle is very rare, found in southern and central England and Wales. Their calls sound like short, hard smacks, in fast and then slower pulses.
Bat – Bechstein’s
Bechstein’s bats tend to forage in woodland within a kilometre or two of their roost site, generally high up in the canopy although they can be seen near the ground when drinking, commuting or socialising.
Bat – Brandt’s
The Brandt’s bat is a small species with a somewhat shaggy fur. It is very similar to the whiskered bat and is difficult to tell them apart.
Bat – Brown Long-Eared
This bat's huge ears provide exceptionally sensitive hearing - it can even hear a ladybird walking on a leaf.
Bat – Common Pipistrelle
Common Pipistrelle's are the commonest and most widespread of all British bat species.
Bat – Daubenton
The Daubenton Bat is also known as the ‘water bat’ as it fishes insects from the water’s surface with its large feet or uses its tail membrane as a scoop.
Bat – Greater Horseshoe
The Greater horseshoe bat is rare in Britain, confined to central England and Wales. It is one of our largest bat species, the size of a small pear.
Bat – Greater Mouse Eared
The greater mouse-eared bat is the largest bat that occurs in Britain. It was officially declared extinct in 1990 in the UK.
Bat – Grey Long Eared
Grey long-eared bats are very rare medium-sized bats found only in a few places in southern England. They are generally longer than the Brown long-eared bats.
Bat – Leisler’s
The Leisler’s bat is similar to the noctule, but smaller, with longer fur, particularly around the shoulders and the upper back, giving it a lion’s mane appearance.
Bat – Lesser Horseshoe
The Lesser horseshoe bat is one of the smallest British species, being around plum-sized. Like the greater horseshoe bat, it has a complex noseleaf.
Bat – Nathusius Pipistrelle
Nathusius pipistrelle is a rare bat in the UK, though records have increased in recent years A previous migrant species, it has only been classed as a resident species since 1997.
Bat – Natterer’s
The Natterer’s bat is a medium-sized species that was often called the ‘red-armed bat’ because of its pinkish limbs.
Bat – Noctule
The Noctule bat is one of the largest widespread British species, but it is still smaller than the palm of your hand.
Bat – Serotine
Serotine bat is one of Britain’s largest bat species and usually one of the first to appear in the evening, often emerging in good light.
Bat – Soprano Pipistrelle
Soprano Pipistrelles are the commonest and most widespread of all British bat species.
Bat – Whiskered
The whiskered bat is very similar to Brandt’s bat and the two species were only separated in 1970.
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