Nature Champions: Noctule Bat

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©Martin Celuch

Our largest bat, with a wingspan of 30cm. The Noctule bat is usually one of the first bats to appear in the evening, with calls just audible to the human ear. In summer it roosts in trees with holes made by woodpeckers, rot, or splits. In winter it hibernates in trees, cool buildings, or bridges. It has sleek fur with a ginger or golden tint. It flies very high, fast and straight, making steep dives to catch insects.

Action Needed

  • Support conservation of old trees and development of mosaic (varied) habitats.
  • Support research on the impact of wind turbines on bats.
  • Promote public awareness of bats.
  • Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented.


Loss and fragmentation of habitat (old trees, hedgerows and water bodies). Its high, fast flight makes it vulnerable to wind turbines.

MSP Nature Champion

Miles Briggs

Member for: Lothian

Region: Lothian

Party: Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party

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