The common long-eared bat is the second most common bat in the UK and is a highly agile hunter, using its unusually large ears to listen for prey.

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Protecting the Long Eared bat

Like all species of bat in the UK, the long eared bat is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.  It is also a priority species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework and is listed as a European protected species. This means it is against the law to harm long eared bats or to damage their roosting habitats. 

Long eared bats are sometimes killed by cats, kestrels and owls and they are also at some risk of habitat loss due to destruction of broad leafed woodland, where they roost and hunt for food. You can help all bats by providing bat boxes for them.  Avoiding the use of insecticides is also a good way to help bats as these can kill off the insects they need to feed on.

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