The Natterer’s Bat is quite a rare bat that is more likely to be seen in the south of England in open woodlands, farmlands, grasslands and mature parks. It is also called the ‘red-armed bat’ because it has pale red limbs that are visible through its wings.
The Natterer’s Bat has a bare-skinned pink face that sticks out and a pair of large round ears. It has yellow-brown fur on top and greyish white fur below. Its wings are grey-black and quite broad. This bat is a slow but agile flier which likes to fly low. It can also hover for short periods of time.
In summer Natterer’s Bats roost in large groups in churches, barns, in tree holes and under bridges. Sometimes they roost in bat boxes in woodlands. They emerge from their roosts about an hour after sunset and hunt for food for most of the night. They feed on bugs, moths and beetles. In winter they hibernate alone or in small groups in caves, mines and under canal bridges which are not often used. Sometimes they hibernate with Daubenton Bats.