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The Daubenton’s bat (Myotis daubentonii) is a medium-sized bat of the Myotis family and is largely found on waterways across the UK.

This bat is not picky when it comes to summer roosts, as long as the roost is near to its foraging area, using trees, bridges and tunnels. It has been observed sharing roosts with other species such as pipistrelles, noctules, Natterer’s and brown long-eared bats. Hibernation roosts are often in caves, mines and other underground sites, amongst other bat species.

Daubenton’s bat mainly catches insects above water, including midges, caddisflies and mayflies.

Despite huge loss of wetlands and waterways across the country, Daubenton’s appear to be spreading across their range, possibly due to an increase in manmade bodies of water. The removal of trees along waterways could also have a substantial effect on this species.


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Daubenton’s bat is one of the more easily identified species of bat, as it flies low over ponds and rivers searching for prey. It also has a pale-coloured underside.

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'To help ground nesting birds rear their young safely, keep yourself, dogs and ridden horses on the main tracks from the beginning of March to the end of August.'

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