Top 10 Largest Bats in England

Serotine bat:Serotine bats have a wingspan between 12.6 and 15 inches. They are between 2.3 and 3.1 inches in length.

Noctule bat:The wings of common noctule bats spread between 12.6 and 15.8 inches wide. They weigh from 1.9 to 2.3 inches and weigh an average of 0.6 to 1.4 ounces. 

Natterer’s bat :The Natterer’s bat (Myotis nattereri) is relatively common in England. Its pink limbs contribute to its occasional nickname of the “red-armed bat.”

Leisler’s bat:The Leisler’s bat has a wingspan of 10.2 to 12.6 inches. It is 2 to 2.8 inches long and weighs 0.4 to 0.7 ounces.

Grey long-eared bat:The grey-eared bat prefers to forage in open spaces like grasslands and gardens. It is more likely to catch insects during flight instead of by gleaning. 

Greater horseshoe bat:The greater horseshoe bat’s body is about the size of a teaspoon, with a length between 2.2 and 2.8 inches. 

Daubenton’s bat:The Daubenton’s bat has a wider initial wingspan than the brown long-eared bat with a range of 9.4 to 10.8 inches. 

Brown long-eared bat:The brown long-eared bat has a wingspan between 9 and 11.2 inches, making it the smallest species on our list.

Bechstein’s bat:The Bechstein’s bat has a wingspan between 9.8 and 11.8 inches and it is between 1.7 and 2.1 inches long.

Barbastelle bat:The barbastelle bat (Barbastella barbastellus) is another rare bat species in England, with populations only appearing in the southern regions. 

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