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Home / Bats in Nottinghamshire / Leisler’s bat

Nyctalus leisleri
Head – Body 48-68mm. Wingspan 260-320mm. Weight 11-20gms

This species, whilst uncommon in the region, seems to have a stronghold in mid Nottinghamshire.

It is very similar to the noctule but smaller and has much the same feeding habits, although the dives are less dramatic and shallower. It also emerges later in the evening than the Noctule.

In Nottinghamshire, Leisler’s bat has been found in a tree, a bat box and at least three attics. They are regularly found in one of our bat box schemes in a mid Nottinghamshire conifer plantation and are often recorded in Clumber Park. It is not unknown for them to share a box with a Noctule.