Nature Champions: Soprano Pipistrelle

©DanielHargreaves / BCT

With its wings folded, the Soprano pipistrelle is small enough to fit inside a matchbox. It sometimes lives in houses, and emerges close to sunset, but may go unnoticed for years. 

The Soprano pipistrelle catches and eats flying insects on the wing and can be seen foraging around woodland edge, near water and in our gardens and parks.

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.
  • Increased awareness of the value of bats
  • 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 perceptions.

MSP Nature Champion

Foysol Choudhury

Member for: Lothian

Region: Lothian

Party: Scottish Labour Party

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