Whiskered Bat - Myotis mystacinus


Whiskered bat is very similar to Brandt’s bat and the two species were only separated in 1970. Identification requires careful examination by an expert.

Similar Species

Brandt’s bat

Identification difficulty

Found in buildings, particularly older buildings with stone walls and slate roofs. It is a crevice dweller and will make use of any suitable space to roost.

When to see it

All year round. In winter whiskered bats are regularly found hibernating in caves and tunnels, almost always in small numbers.

Life History

Whiskered bats emerge within half an hour of sunset and probably remain active throughout much of the night feeding on moths, other small insects and spiders. They have a fast and fluttering flight, to a height of 20 metres, generally level with occasional swoops. They glide briefly, especially when feeding in the canopy. They frequently fly along a regular route over or alongside a hedgerow or woodland edge.

UK Status

Found throughout England, Wales and southern Scotland.

VC55 Status

Infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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