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Loft lovers

Duration: 02:21

This 14th century monastery may strike you as the ideal home for bats. But in fact, the well insulated attic of this desirable 1960’s detached residence is the perfect place to rest weary wings during the chilly winter months. Bill Oddie met up with bat expert, George Bemmant, and she took him to meet the current residents, a colony of lesser horseshoe bats. The 'horseshoe' name comes from a horseshoe flap of skin that sort of encircles the nostrils. If you see a bat dangling or hanging like this, it’s most likely to be a horseshoe. The easiest way to tell lesser horseshoes and greater horseshoes apart, is think pears and plums. Imagine that this lesser horseshoe bat here is about plum size and the greater horseshoe bat is pear sized. They live much longer than you would expect for an animal of their body size - into their late teens. If you do have bats in your house first of all it’s illegal to try and get rid of them. You would need to seek advice formally before doing anything that would affect either the bats or the sites that they use for roosting. Different species use a very, very wide variety of buildings, including really relatively modern buildings like this bungalow.

Available since: Tue 15 Jun 2010


Bill Oddie
Camera Operator
Richard North
Camera Operator
Mark Yates
Vicky Webb
Hugh Pearson
Executive Producer
Fiona Pitcher

This clip is from

Bill Oddie's How to Watch Wildlife Series 2, Homes and Gardens

Spring is a great time to enjoy wildlife and you do not even have to leave your home.

First broadcast: 07 Feb 2006

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