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

Leisler's Bat Nyctalus leisleri

A medium sized bat with short blackish brown fur on its back that turns a reddish colour towards... more

Pipistrelle Bat Pipistrellus pipistrellus

The Pipistrelle bats are the smallest of the bats found in the UK. Pipistrellus pipistrellus has... more

Bechstein's Bat Myotis bechsteini

A medium sized bat with fairly long fur that is pale to reddish brown on its back and a light... 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

Identification of British Bats

Eptesicus serotinus
Myotis daubentoni
Pipistrellus pipistrellus
Myotis bechsteini