There are four species common to the UK.
Pipistrelles are the easiest to spot – coming out around sunset and flying erratically around buildings and lights.
Brown long-eared bats are difficult to spot as they fly very close to trees. They fly quite slow, hovering a lot, a bit like a big butterfly.
Noctules are one of the biggest bats in Britain. They can be seen flying in a straight line quite high up, with distinctive narrow wings.
Finally, watch out for Daubenton’s bats if you’re fishing at night. They fly very low over water, often skimming the surface like a mini hovercraft. You can sometimes see them reach out to grab an insect from the water with their feet.
Bat Watching in Lancashire
We have invited an expert to Moss Wood to give a guided Bat Walk on Monday 12th September (7-8.30pm) Please let us know if you’re interested in coming by giving us a call or an email. You can also let us know at reception.