Amba's picture

Bat in our house

Observed: 3rd July 2009 By: Amba
Long eared bat
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This long eared bat flew into our house, probably chasing an insect. It flew out again, after exploring two of the bedrooms upstairs briefly.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Martin Harvey's picture


Wow! What a fantastic thing to see and photograph.

Entomologist and biological recorder

the naturalist man's picture

Brown long-eared bats.

Amazing picture. You could get both the brown and much rarer gray long-eared bats in your area. However, your photo is clear enough to see the colour on the back is a definate brown.

Do you live in an old house? If so you could have a colony of these wonderful creatures in your roof space. They are one of the species which roosts hanging upside down from apex roof timbers in your rafters. If they are not in your roof space they will be in a neighbours as they have very small feeding ranges.

You could stand outside your house and watch for bats emerging around dusk. Just be aware it is illegal to disturb any bat whist roosting without a licence. If you think you may have bats in your house then someone from your local bat group will often come out and check.

If you want to know more then visit the Bat Conservation Trust's web site, they have free downloadable leaflets about all the bat species in Britain.

Graham Banwell

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gmc57's picture


Fantastic pictures. Last year we had an exciting holiday experience in which my son ended up with first a juvenile bat on his wall Later, there were full-grown bats flying around his large valuted room I was lucky enough to see one bat closeup as it flew out the window - it was amazing, but my son wasn't keen on sharing his accommodation in this way as the chittering from the nest in the roof was creeping him out.

Eventually we got moved to another cottage down the road and I sent a letter to the cottage managers cc: the bat conservation trust to be sure they didn't do anything illegal. Apparently the the Bat trust can only intervene after somebody has illegally interfered with the colony. I was so worried that they'd do something awful to ensure they could keep renting the place out, but they didn't.

For my birthday this year I asked for a bat detector and have been having fun listening to my local bats on it. Sadly my son still cannot bear bats, but I'm becoming hooked.

Lucky you seeing such a lovely looking bat close-up.

colhig17's picture

Brown long-eared bat

How could anyone be scared of this ;)
Brown long-eared bats' hearing is so good that they "whisper" their echolocation calls and are very difficult to hear on a bat detector. They can hear the noise of a moth landing on a leaf and use this to "glean" their prey (eat it directly off a leaf or tree rather than catch it in mid-air). They're also fond of spiders!


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