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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.


ID Tip

ID Tip

The Natterer’s bat flies slow and low through woodlands, so a woodland walk around dusk would give you the best chance of seeing one.

Lead Ranger


'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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