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Bechstein's bat facts

Bechstein's bat (Hugh Clark)The Bechstein`s bat is a rare tree-dwelling bat, mostly associated with old growth broadleaved woodland. A few individuals are found in underground sites during hibernation, but it is likely that most individuals roost in trees all year.


  • The most recent population estimates are of around 1500 individuals with overall population trends unknown in the UK.


  • It feeds on invertebrates including spiders and resting day-flying insects which are picked from branches and leaves.


  • Head and Body length: 4.3cm-5.3cm


  • Wing span: 25cm-30cm


  • Found in Southern England and possibly parts of South Wales


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