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
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

Whiskered Bat Myotis mystacinus

The Whiskered bat has shaggy fur that can be a dark brown, greyish brown or light brown on its... more

Brandt's Bat Myotis brandti

The Brandt's bat has a shaggy fur that is a light reddish brown in colour with a visible golden... 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

Lesser Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus hipposideros

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

Identification of British Bats

Vespertilio murinus
Rhinolophus hipposideros
Plecotus auritus
Pipistrellus pipistrellus