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Bat  Noctule Bat

Noctule Bat - Photo  Copyright 2002 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: Nyctalus noctula

Size: Wingspan approximately 35 to 45cms. Head and body around 7cms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Months seen: April to October.

Food: Beetles (chafers and dung beetles), moths, flies and midges.

Habitat: Roosts in trees. Usually seen flying at tree top level.

Echolocation Frequency: 20 - 25 kHz

Special features: A large bat. Sandy coloured short, smooth, dense fur. The skin colour is dark brown.

Click for a better view Noctule bats have rounded ears with a flat mushroom shaped tragus.

The scent and oil glands on the sides of the face are quite chubby, giving it the appearance (see photo) of an unlucky boxer.

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