Nature Champions: Common Pipistrelle

Image of a common pipistrelle bat resting upon bark with a black background.
Image of common pipistrelle showing the profile of the bat's face on a black background.

With its wings folded, the common pipistrelle is small enough to fit inside a matchbox. It often lives in houses, and emerges close to sunset, but may go unnoticed for years.
The common pipistrelle consumes thousands of midges every night.


Action Needed

  • Encourage the use of bat boxes to create roost sites.
  • Support creation of habitat such as woodland or water which is rich in insect life.
  • Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented


Loss of roosts due to renovation of properties without retaining access for bats; decline in insects; negative publicity.

MSP Nature Champion

Pam Duncan-Glancy

Member for: Glasgow

Region: Glasgow

Party: Scottish Labour Party

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