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Common Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) Wingspan: 19-26cm Weight: 3-7g Lifespan: max. 16 years


Identification: A small bat with dark brown fur and slightly paler underparts, they are darker on the face than the soprano pipistrelle and are slightly larger. General: A native species which forages in a variety of habitats particularly woodland edges, gardens and hedgerows. They feed mostly on very small insects such as mosquitoes and small moths - often flying the same routes. Mating takes place in the autumn and one or two pups are born in late spring in large maternal roosts and weaned after 6 weeks. Roosts are often in buildings including modern structures and they are particularly fond of churches in which they often hibernate. They also use tree roosts and bat boxes. Distribution - UK: The commonest UK bat species, there are approx. 1.25 million distributed widely throughout all parts of the UK apart from a few Scottish islands. The population is stable. Sonogram



Cambridgeshire Mammal Atlas  
Cambridgeshire Mammal Atlas