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
Daubenton's Bat Myotis daubentoni

The fur on the upper-parts of the Daubenton bat is grey/dark brown and on the under-parts... 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

Nathusius's Pipistrelle Pipistrellus nathusii

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

Pipistrellus pipistrellus
Myotis mystacinus
Nyctalus leisleri
Myotis brandti