Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Geoffroy's bat 'discovered' on Bath nature reserve

Geoffroy's bat
Bat experts believe they have found a bat living on a nature reserve near Bath which was only discovered for the first time in the UK last year.

The solitary male Geoffroy's bat, which is usually found in continental Europe, was recorded at Avon Wildlife Trust's Brown's Folly.
Samples of its droppings have been sent for DNA analysis to validate the discovery.

The bat was recorded on the South Downs of West Sussex in September 2012.

The species (Myotis emarginatus) is generally found across the Mediterranean, Belgium, and southern parts of the Netherlands, Germany and Poland, as well as northwest Africa and the west side of Asia Minor.

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