Nathusius pipistrelle bat

The Nathusius pipistrelle was first recorded in the Shetland Isles in 1940. And is known to be at only a handful of places within the United Kingdom.


Upper fur is longer and shaggier than other pipistrells and is reddish – brown in colour

Body length of 4.4 – 5.4cm with a wingspan of between 22 and 25cm and a weight of between 6 and 15 grams

Latin name: Pipistrellus nathusii

Nathusius' pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus nathu...

Nathusius’ pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus nathusii) Deutsch: Rauhautfledermaus (Pipistrellus nathusii) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the garden

The Nathusius pipistrelle will roost in summer in bat boxes, hollow trees and occasionally buildings; in winter they prefer roosting in caves, crevice’s and even cliffs. They will mate in April or May and give birth to live young in July, the youngsters being weaned 7 – 8 weeks later. In summer they will emerge in the evenings to feed on small flying insects.

Did You Know…?

  • Only around 720 recorded sightings in the Great Britain and Ireland
  • Considered vulnerable due to habitat loss, land use changes and the use of pesticides and other chemicals
  • If handled will often ‘play dead’
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