Natterer’s Bat, Myotis nattereri

Natterer’s bat (Myotis nattereri) is a small bat that is native to Europe. Typically, this bat bears brown fur on the back, wing, and leg membranes, with the wings appearing to be lighter in color. The underbelly is white in color. Its name is derived from Johann Natterer, an Austrian naturalist.

As is typical with bats, Natterer’s bat uses echolocation to navigate and find food. The frequencies of its calls range between 23 and 115 kHz and can last up to 3.8 milliseconds. During the hot months of summer, it will roost in coniferous or deciduous trees and even buildings, but these roosts must be close to a food source.

Although Natterer’s bat has a large range, it is rare to actually see the bat. Despite this, it is listed on the IUCN Red List as of “Least Concern”. It is also protected by the European Habitats Directive, and because of its scarcity in its UK woodland habitats, it has been considered for Site of Special Scientific Interest or Special Areas of Conservation.

Image Caption: Natterer’s bat (Myotis nattereri) in Bensheim (Germany). Credit: Armin Kübelbeck/Wikipedia(CC BY-SA 3.0)