Flying with the Natterer's Bat

Flying with the Natterer's Bat


Posted 13th June


The Natterer's Bat can be spotted across the UK, despite being something of a scarce species

Preferring to forage low down among trees, it will often take prey straight from the foliage. The medium-sized bat will forage on beetles and spiders, also feeding on flying insects that they find in the dark by using echolocation. They have a relatively slow flight and are often found hunting over water and among the trees after sunset. Roosting in old buildings like churches and castles, they are rarely in houses. During the summer months, the females form maternity colonies and have a single pup. Hibernating over the winter in caves, disused mines and rock crevices,

The Natterer's Bat is a medium-sized bat which has fairly long ears and a bare, pink face. Its fur is a light brownish-grey on its back and pale on its belly, along with a row of stiff hairs that accompany the edge of its tail membrane.

With an average lifespan of seven years, it's widespread but still a scarce sight in the UK.

Text and information courtesy of The Wildlife Trusts / image courtesy of Tom Marshall





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