The Natterer’s bat (Myotis nattereri) is part of the Myotis bat genus, found in woodlands across the New Forest.
Although widespread across the UK, it is significantly less common than the pipistrelles, and the population here is of national importance.
The Natterer’s bat is a poorly known species. It roosts in trees in the summer, changing roosts more regularly than other bats and often utilises old buildings and churches rather than standard houses.
In winter, the Natterer’s bat will hibernate in caves and abandoned quarries. Flies, particularly midges, are the main food source for this bat.
The British population was estimated at 100,000 in 1995 and is thought to be stable. Ongoing felling and treatment of timber are threats to this bat.