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Some photographs of Devon's bats.

These photographs are copyrighted.


Daubenton's bat Myotis daubentonii
Daubentons like to feed near water, flying near the surface catching insects.

Photo copyright © 2003; J Kaczanow


Greater Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus ferroequinum
Greaters are restricted in distribution in Britain, but Devon is one of their homelands. It is the largest European Horseshoe bat Note the horseshoe shaped noseleaf which gives the Horseshoe bats their name.

Photo copyright © 2003; J Kaczanow


Greater Horseshoe roost Rhinolophus ferroequinum
Greaters roost in caves and in roofs of buildings and can gather in suitable habitats.

Photo copyright © 2003; J Kaczanow


Lesser Horseshoe bat Rhinolophus hipposideros
Lessers are another rarer bat to be found in Devon. They also roost in caves and roofs and cellars, sometimes singly and sometimes clustered.

Photo copyright © 2003; J Kaczanow


Lesser Horseshoe bat Rhinolophus hipposideros
In contrast to the Greaters, Lessers are the smallest European Horseshoe bat as the name suggests.
The habitat of Lesser Horseshoes is shrinking and conservation is important for this species.

Photo copyright © 2003; J Kaczanow


Natterer's Bat Myotis nattereri
Another Myotis species found in Devon. They like the edges of woods and hedges also and roost in tree holes and bat boxes. Winter roosts include caves and tunnels.

Photo copyright © 2003; J Kaczanow