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Nathusius' pipistrelle

Pipistrellus nathusii

Species factsheet; Distribution and abundance

Nathusius’ pipistrelle is a rare bat in the UK, though records have increased in recent years. Distribution data on Nathusius' pipistrelle have been collected by the Nathusius' pipistrelle Survey and more recently by the National Nathusius' Pipistrelle Project.

Key results from the National Nathusius' Pipistrelle Project include:

  • Stable isotope analysis of fur samples of Nathusius pipistrelles caught during the project, carried out by the University of Exeter, suggest that these bats have a migratory origin further northeast than the UK, and that the Nathusius’ pipistrelles originated from more northerly latitudes than soprano pipistrelles.
  • Maternity colonies have been discovered in Kent and Northumberland.
  • Four long distant migratory records have been found: one bat ringed in Britain was rediscovered in Holland, a bat from Latvia was recaptured in Sussex and two bats from Lithuania were recaptured in Kent.
 

 

Distribution and abundance

Nathusius' pipistrelle is rare but widespread throughout Great Britain. It is more abundant in Northern Ireland. It is also recorded in the Channel Islands.

A more detailed distribution map can be found at www.nathusius.org.uk/Distribution.htm

Population estimate

Country UK England Wales Scotland N.Ireland
Number 16,000 unknown unknown unknown unknown
 Source Battersby et al. 2005        

 


References

http://www.nathusius.org.uk/

Battersby. J. (Ed) & Tracking Mammals Partnership. (2005) UK Mammals Species Status and Population Trends. First Report by the Tracking Mammals Partnership. JNCC/Tracking Mammals Partnership, Peterborough


Click here for results from the NBMP Nathusius' pipistrelle Survey


Return to Species population trends; Report home page; Contents page

 

 

Nathusius' pipistrelle factsheet

 

Listen to how a Nathusius' pipistrelle sounds on a bat detector 

 

 

Current distribution of Nathusius' pipistrelle in the UK

(Map taken from 3rd Report under Article 17 on implementation of the Habitats Directive in the UK, JNCC 2013)

Nathusius' pipistrelle distribution

 

 

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