Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Geoffroy's bat discovered in UK for first time

A bat usually found in continental Europe has been discovered in the UK for the first time, according to the National Trust.

A male Geoffroy's bat (Myotis emarginatus) was found by an ecologist carrying out a survey on trust land in the South Downs in West Sussex.

The species, which weighs between six and nine grams, is usually found on the edge of woodland scrub and grassland.

The trust think the bat may have started to extend its habitat range.'Real surprise'

Consultant ecologist and bat expert Daniel Whitby said the find also showed the importance of the trust's surveying and monitoring work.


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