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Listen to and watch bats

You can listen to and learn to identify bats from their calls. At the bottom of the page you can see a video of bats leaving a their home, called a roost. Could bats be roosting somewhere near you?

Bat Calls

You can play the calls of 6 different types of bat found in Britain. These calls were recorded on bat walks using a special bat detector. Click on the picture of the bat to hear its call. You can click on the bat names to find out more about each species. Can you hear the difference between the bats? Have you heard any of these bats when out on a bat walk?

Don't forget! You will need the sound on your computer turned on! 

Common Pipistrelle Bat (Hugh Clarke)

Common Pipistrelle Bat
Recorded at 45Khz

Noctule Bat (Hugh Clarke)

Noctule Bat
Recorded at 20Khz

Brown Long-eared Bat (Hugh Clarke)

Brown Long-eared Bat
Recorded at 28Khz

Serotine Bat (R Stebbings)

Serotine Bat
Recorded at 26Khz

   Greater Horseshoe Bat (JJ Kaczanow)

Greater Horseshoe Bat
Recorded at 82Khz

Daubenton's Bat (JJ Kaczanow)

Daubenton's Bat
Recorded at 47Khz


Bat Roost

Some people are lucky enough to have bats roosting in their house! Click on the video below to see some bats leaving their roost. (This video requires Quicktime. Click here to download)
Why don't you listen to the calls above and see if you can identify which bats are in the video below?

Hint: If you are having difficulty matching the calls, why not click on the links above and read about the bats.
Can you see how small a gap the bats in the video crawl in and out of? These bats only weigh about 5 grams and have a body the size of an adult humans thumb. Can you identify them?

(Video: Copyright Roger Jones and BCT)

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