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Common Pipistrelle Bats

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Quick Facts

Scientific name:  Pipistrellus pipistrellus

Size:  Wingspan up to 24cm.  The head and body is around 40mm.  Weight approx 5g

Distribution:  Found throughout the UK

Months seen:  March to November

Habitat:  Roosts in buildings, trees and bat boxes

Food:  Flies, moths and midges

Echolocation Frequency: 45 - 50 kHz (Listen Here)

Special features:  Common Pipistrelle bats are roughly the same weight as a 20p coin.  They are the smallest and commonest bats found in the UK.  They have darker skin and fur compared to the Soprano Pipistrelles.

The ears are triangular and the tragus is short and rounded.  Pipistrelles emerge from their roost sites at sunset or just after.  They fly quickly and erratically around the habitat at a little over head height.


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