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Bat  Lesser Horseshoe Bats

Lesser Horseshoe Bat - Photo  Copyright 2007 Janice Whittington
Photo: Janice Whittington

UK Safari Tip:
Find out all about bats with this fully illustrated fold out identification chart - click here

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Latin name: Rhinolophus hipposideros

Size: Wingspan approximately 19 to 25cm.

Distribution: Rare. Found mainly in Wales and south west England.

Months seen:
April to October

Food: Insects (moths, beetles, craneflies).

Habitat: Old buildings and caves

Echolocation Frequency: 105 - 115 kHz

Special features: Lesser Horseshoe bats get their name from the horseshoe-shaped flap of skin around their nose. This flap is used as a part of their echolocation system - a bit like a satellite dish focusing sound waves. They have a head and body length of around 4cm.

Lesser Horseshoe bats emerge from their roosts between 30 and sixty minutes after sunset.

Click for a better viewPhoto of a lesser horseshoe being measured by an ecologist. Gloves are always worn by bat workers when handling bats for safety.

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