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Bat  Daubenton's Bats

Daubenton's Bat - Photo © Copyright 2002 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Myotis daubentoni

Size: Wingspan up to 25cms.

Distribution: Found throughout most of the UK.

Months seen: April to October.

Food: Flies and midges.

Habitat: Roosts in trees and bridges over water.

Echolocation Frequency: 40 - 45 kHz

Special features: The Daubenton's bat is sometimes called the 'water bat' because it is nearly always seen flying over or near still or slow moving water. Slow moving water makes less noise and so it doesn't interfere with their echo-location.

The fur is quite shaggy, creamy-white on the tummy, and slightly bald around they are nose. They have triangular ears with a small tragus. 

Click for a better view One of the key distinguishing features of the Daubenton's species are the large feet with hairy toes.

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