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Bat  Natterer's Bat

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

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Latin name: Myotis nattereri

Size: Wingspan approximately 25 to 33cms. Head and body around 45mms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: April to October.

Food: Flies, moths, midges and spiders.

Habitat: Roosts in trees and old buildings.

Echolocation Frequency: 45 - 50 kHz

Special features: A medium sized bat. Natterer's can be recognised by their shaggy fur which looks as if it has been highlighted. It is grey on the back and white on the front. They also have a row of short, bristly hairs along the edge of the tail membrane.

The nose is pink and the ears, which point outwards, have a kink in them. The narrow, pointed tragus is around two thirds the length of the ears.

This bat gets its name from the nineteenth century Austrian naturalist who discovered it.

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