The serotine is one of the UK's largest bats and often emerges early in the evening. It has a leisurely flight and feeds around vegetation, along treelines or woodland edges for example. It eats small flies and moths and also larger dung beetles and chafers. It mainly roosts in older houses and buildings that have high gable ends and cavity walls. Data on the population trends of the serotine are collected through the Field Survey and Roost Count.
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Serotine is an uncommon species, with a distribution mostly limited to areas south of a line drawn from the Wash across to south Wales. More recently, records have also been found in North Wales.
Note: The population estimates are considered to be poor and should be treated with caution. Estimates are based on very limited population data and rely on expert opinion only
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All bat species in the UK are legally protected, both by domestic and international legislation.
Serotine colonies are reliant on buildings for roosting, and the population is therefore vulnerable to building development and renovation, exclusion and toxic timber treatment. It is a beetle specialist and factors affecting habitats such as unimproved grassland that support chafer populations may also impact on serotine populations.
Harris S., Morris, P., Wray, S. & Yalden, D. (1995) A review of British mammals: population estimates and conservation status of British mammals other than cetaceans. JNCC, Peterborough.
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