Nature's big picture: 'New' bat species found in Wales

Grey long eared bat (c) R Crompton / Wildwood Ecology Ltd Have you seen this bat? Grey long-eared bats have been discovered in Wales for the first time by researchers. Previously the bats were only known to live in limited locations in southern England, but DNA analysis of droppings in Pembrokeshire has confirmed that they have made a new home there. Scientists at the University of Bristol looked for evidence of the bats after research showed that the area was a suitable habitat. "It totally changes what we know about the distribution and potentially [the] population size of this species," said researcher Orly Razgour. The species is known to be very secretive and the team, which so far has seen only bat droppings rather than the bats themselves, are now carrying out further tests to validate their discovery.

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