Nature Champions: Brown Long-eared Bat

©DanielHargreaves / BCT
©DanielHargreaves / BCT
©DanielHargreaves / BCT
©DanielHargreaves / BCT

A medium-sized bat with a wingspan of 24-28cm. Brown long-eared bats typically roosts in old trees and large roof voids, such as Baronial homes, Victorian schools and stable blocks. Each female has one baby per year. These bats need good feeding areas close to their maternity roosts as they do not undertake long-distance flights.

Action Needed

  • Encourage planners and developers to follow the Bat Conservation Trust good practice guidelines for bat surveys.
  • Encourage the use of bat access slates both in new build and renovation work.
  • Promote the protection and creation of habitat which is rich in insect life.
  • Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully


Loss of roosts due to conversion of old properties without retaining access for bats; fragmentation and loss of habitat.

MSP Nature Champion

Neil Gray

Member for: Airdrie and Shotts

Region: Central Scotland

Party: Scottish National Party

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