Bats in Devon

Devon is incredibly lucky to have some really special bats that you often don’t find find in the rest of the country. We have recorded 16 species of British bats out of a potential 18, including Lesser and Greater Horseshoes, Nathusius Pipistrelles and Grey Long Eared bats. Devon supports such a significant proportion of UK bat species because of its mild climate, its diverse landscape with a complex pattern of different natural and farmed habitats for feeding and roosting, and its generally low levels of light pollution. Group members work hard to maintain this status and increase people’s knowledge about bats.

For more photos, have a look at our A-Z of Devon Bats page.

Bats recorded in Devon

Roosting lesser horseshoe bats Photo credit: G. Bemment

Roosting lesser horseshoe bats Photo credit: G. Bemment

  • Barbastelle
  • Bechstein’s
  • Brandt’s
  • Brown long-eared
  • Common pipistrelle
  • Daubenton’s
  • Greater horseshoe
  • Grey long-eared
  • Leisler’s
  • Lesser horseshoe
  • Nathusius’ pipistrelle
  • Natterer’s
  • Noctule
  • Serotine
  • Soprano pipistrelle
  • Whiskered

We’ve yet to find any Alcathoe or Greater mouse eared bats, but we’re working on it!