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.
1. Encourage the use of bat boxes to create roost sites.
2. Support creation of habitat such as woodland or water which is rich in insect life.
3. 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 Species Champion
Member for: Glasgow
Party: Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party