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Whiskered bat

Not a great deal is known about the Whiskered Bat but they are widespread across Europe (but do not occur in central or northern Scotland or northern Scandinavia). Whiskered Bats were only declared a new species in 1970.

Myotis mystacinus

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Identification

  • Long and disheveled fur
  • Average weight of 5 – 9 grams
  • Head and body length of 3.5 to 4.8cm, wingspan 20 – 25cm
  • Weighs between 4 and 8 grams
  • Seen more in open areas than wooded areas
  • Similar to Brandt’s Bats   
  • Relatively slow and fluttery flight

Latin name: Myotis mystacinus

In the garden

Whiskered Bats will occupy open country and some wooded areas including parks and gardens. They will feed on insects such as beetles, moths and midges and will occupy buildings in the summer and mines, cellars, tunnels and caves in the winter, their hibernation period is from October to March. Whiskered Bats are born in mid June and will leave the nurseries by the end of August.

Interesting facts

  • The maximum age recorded in Europe for an Whiskered Bat is 19 years (but the average age is just 4 years)
  • Whiskered Bats are not yet listed by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
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