Species Champions: Leisler’s bat

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The second largest bat in Scotland, it has often been misidentified as the closely-related Noctule bat.  Ongoing research is adding to our knowledge of the distribution of this little-known bat, which seems to prefer the southwest, with the Noctule preferring the southeast.

Action Needed

1. Go on a bat walk.
2. Ensure wind turbine sites are monitored for Leisler’s bat before and after construction.
3. Support conservation of ancient woodland and planting of mixed woodland.
4. Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented.

Threats

Lack of knowledge about the species and how to protect it; injury from wind turbines due to its high-flying habit.

MSP Species Champion

Finlay Carson

Member for: Galloway and West Dumfries

Party: Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

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