Welcome to the Bat Cave

Bats belong to the order Chiroptera, which means 'hand-winged'. (The tiny bones that support the wing membranes are similar in structure to the bones in our own hands.) There are known to be around 900 species of bats in the world; however, only about fifteen of these occur in Britain.

The majority of Britain's bat species are either endangered or actually threatened by extinction. This threat is very real: the Mouse-eared Bat was declared extinct from Britain in 1991. Habitat loss and in some instances persecution born of human ignorance about the true nature of bats are major causes of the bat decline in Britain; farm and garden insecticides are almost certainly another key factor.

Bat species featured on this site:

Barbastelle
Bat
Barbastelle bat
Barbastella
barbastellus
Pipistrelle
Bat
Pipistrelle bat
Pipistrellus
pipistrellus
Brandt's
Bat
Brandt's bat
Myotis
brandtii
Bechstein's
Bat
Bechstein's bat
Myotis
bechsteinii
Daubenton's
Bat
Daubenton's bat
Myotis
daubentonii
Noctule
Bat
Noctule bat
Nyctalus
noctula
Leisler's
Bat
Leisler's bat
Nyctalus
leisleri
Whiskered
Bat
Whiskered bat
Myotis
mystacinos
Serotine
Bat
Serotine bat
Epstesicus
serotinus
Natterer's
Bat
Natterer's bat
Myotis
nattereri
Greater
Horseshoe Bat
Greater horseshoe bat
Rhinolophus
ferrumequinum
Lesser
Horseshoe Bat
Lesser horseshoe bat
Rhinolophus
hipposideros
          Brown
Long-eared Bat
Brown long-eared bat
Plecotus
auritus

British bat species not yet featured on this website:

Grey Long-eared Bat - Plecotus austriacus

Soprano Pipistrelle - Pipistrellus pygmaeus

Nathusius's Pipistrelle - Pipistrellus nathusii

Other Bat Websites:

Government Agencies active in bat conservation include: