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Daubenton’s Bat

(Myotis daubentonii)

Wingspan: 24-27cm Weight: 6-12g Lifespan: max. 22 years


Identification: This is a medium-sized bat with dark upperparts and buff-grey underside. Their rounded ears are on the sides of the head. Around the lips and eyes the skin is pink and bare. Wing and tail membranes are dark brown, and very large feet are the key identification features. General: A native species which commonly feeds over fresh water, grabbing insects with their large hind feet. They are fast flying and may roost some distance from water. A single pup is born in late spring in communal maternal roosts and weaned after 6 weeks. Roosts are usually in trees, tunnels, caves and under bridges. They hibernate in underground sites. Distribution - UK: There are approx. 150,000 distributed widely throughout the UK in all parts except the extreme north-west of Scotland. The population is stable. Sonogram



Cambridgeshire Mammal Atlas  
Cambridgeshire Mammal Atlas