British Bats

British Bats on Wild About Britain includes the latest bat news from across the UK, hundreds of bat photos in our image gallery, dozens of bat conversations in our mammal forum, a directory of British bat-related organisations and websites, as well as a big reference encyclopedia with with information on everything from the Noctule and Serotine Bats to the Bechstein's Bat and the Pipistrelle.

Encyclopedia of British Bats

Common Name Scientific Name Description
Lesser Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus hipposideros

Fluffy soft fur that is brownish on the back and grey/white on the underside. Called the Lesser... more

Serotine Bat Eptesicus serotinus

The Serotine bat is one of the largest bats found in the UK. It has long fur that is dark to... more

Nathusius's Pipistrelle Pipistrellus nathusii

During the summer the Nathusius bat has a reddish brown fur on its back, however, this back fur... more

Barbastelle Bat Barbastella barbastellus

The Barbastelle bat is a medium sized bat that has long silky fur that is dark brown to black in... more

Brown Long-eared Bat Plecotus auritus

The second most common bat in Britain with ears that are three quarters the length of its head... more

Identification of British Bats

Myotis mystacinus
Eptesicus serotinus
Nyctalus leisleri
Pipistrellus pipistrellus