The barbastelle is a medium sized bat, with a distinctive, pug-shaped nose. The ears are broad, joined across its head by skin, and covered in a ginger-brown fur on the rear surface. The tragus is triangular – broad at the base but with a nearly parallel tip which starts about half-way along its length. The barbastelle is predominantly a woodland species, but it will also forage over a range of other habitats including wet meadows and streams.
Head & body length:
Average colony size:
Fur dark, lighter tips on back. Skin surfaces black or dark brown.
One of the UK’s rarest mammals.
cracks in trees in areas of high humidity
small moths, flies and beetles
best heard at 32khz