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Bat  Grey Long-Eared Bat

Grey Long-Eared Bat - Photo  Copyright 2006 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
Find out about all the UK bat species with the fold out ID chart called "A Guide to British Bats" in the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Plecotus austriacus

Size: Wingspan up to 300mm

Distribution: Rare. Found mainly in central and southern England.

Months seen: April to October.

Echolocation Frequency: 40 - 45 kHz

Habitat: Normally roosts in old trees and buildings.

Food: Moths, flies gnats and midges.

Special features: The grey long-eared bat can be difficult to distinguish from the brown long-eared bat. It is slightly larger although this can vary a lot, as can the colour of the fur. When you sit the two species side by side you notice that the thumbs and feet of the grey long-eared are half the size of the brown long-eared. See photo

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UK Safari Bat Section
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Bat Calls on CD - Learn to Identify Species
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What is a bat?
What is Echolocation?
What does a bat sound like?
What is a tragus?
Links to Bat Groups in Britain

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