Bat (Nathusius' Pipistrelle)
The Nathusius’ Pipistrelle bat is very rare in England and is mainly found in Leicestershire and in the south west of England. It can be seen on the edges of woodlands near to water and occasionally on farmland with water nearby. It is also related to the Soprano and the Common Pipistrelle and is almost identical in appearance, although it is slightly bigger than them with longer fur.
The Nathusius’ Pipistrelle bat has a reddish-brown fur on top with grey-white tips which gives it a frosted look. The underside of this bat is a pale greyish brown colour. Its face and ears are black or dark brown and its broad ears are black and triangular-shaped. Its wings are grey-black and broader than the other pipistrelles. The Nathusius’ Pipistrelle is a rapid flier that likes to beat its wings deeply when it flies. It often flies in a straight line and it hunts for food about four to fifteen metres above the ground.
Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Bats prefer to roost in hollow trees and bat boxes. They very rarely roost in buildings. In winter they like to hibernate in crevices in walls and cliffs and also in caves. They do not hibernate inside modern houses like the Common and Soprano Pipistrelle bats.