Serotine bats are one of the largest British species, and one of the first to emerge in the evening. Serotines inhabit almost all of Europe and parts of Asia, but in the UK are restricted to southern England. They have a relatively slow, looping flight and in the summer, roost in tree hollows and attics. In the winter, they hibernate in tree hollows, caves, old mines and cellars. In Europe, the females give birth to one young, but in Asia, they typically have two and occasionally three.
Scientific name: Eptesicus serotinus
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Unknown
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
The serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus) is a fairly large European bat with quite large ears. It has a wingspan of around 37 cm (15 in) and often hunts in woodland. It sometimes roosts in buildings, hanging upside down, in small groups or individually.
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