Posted 6th Jun 2018
Here, we take a look at one of the bat species you can find around Britain
The Whiskered Bat is a very small bat that, in appearance, is very similar to the Brandt's Bat - did you know the two species were only separated in 1970?
All of the UK's bats are nocturnal, feeding on midges, moths and other fling insects that they find in the dark through echolocation. Whiskered Bats will frequently forage along a familiar route such as the hedgerow or woodland edge, roosting in all kinds of houses and could even use bat boxes.
During the summer months, females will form maternity colonies, before having a single pup. As winter comes around, the Whiskered Bats will hibernate in caves and tunnels.
How to identify
Small, the Whiskered Bat has shaggy, golden-tipped, dark grey or brown fur, along with a grey belly. Fast and fluttering in flight, it's a scarce species that can be found throughout England and Wales.
Did you know they mate over autumn and winter? After the female has given birth to its single young pup in early summer, the pup stays with its mother until it is fully weaned and can fly and forage on its own.
Information courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts / Image courtesy of (c) Tom Marshall-19