Like all species of bat in Britain, the Natterer's bat is less common than it used to be. The reason for its decline is that its food and shelter has been seriously threatened by modern farming practices and destruction of natural habitats.

Hunting and Feeding

Like all British bats, the Natterer's bat is a nocturnal insect-eater, hunting only after sunset and throughout the night. It tracks down small, flying insects ,such as moths, by its echo-location system, similar to the radar-scanning equipment used by aircraft and ships. A special fleshy spike, known as a tragus, in each ear is part of its sound-reception system. This special 'radar' also keeps them from bumping into objects in the dark!

Insects are usually captured in mid-flight, but sometimes the bats will pick insects off leaves.

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