The barbastelle has a broadly southern distribution in Britain, with the most northerly records being from Lincolnshire. This wide distribution belies its status as a rare bat species, as colonies are sparsely distributed in the landscape and absent from many areas of the country.
VWT has undertaken studies into the distribution of this species and its roosting preferences. The Trust is working to conserve the barbastelle by:
Photo: Barbastelle ©Johnny Birks
Distribution map: ©The Mammal Society
English name: Barbastelle
Latin name: Barbastella barbastellus
Number of young: One born late June to early July
Diet: Predominantly moths but very occasionally lacewings, caddisflies and true flies.
Habitat: Tree-dwelling species associated with woodland with a high proportion of standing dead wood or storm damaged trees.