Basic Introduction to Bats
Bats on the Isle of Wight
16 of the UK’s native species have been observed in various locations on the Island including the Alcathoe Bat. The Parti-Coloured and Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Bats are also regular visitors, and the Island is a major stronghold for the Barbastelle and Bechsteins Bats. Apart from some Forestry Commission plantations, the Island’s woodland has remained largely undisturbed since Napoleonic times. This has left significant areas of connected woodland with relatively mature trees providing ideal woodland bat roosting habitat. Whilst tourism is the main industry on the Island, agriculture has been established for centuries, and the majority of the land is used for agriculture, both arable and dairy farming.
Visit the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) website for a lot of information about bats.
How to identify bats
Bat Call Identification
Visit ‘The Parkhurst Forest Bat Project’ website for information on bat call identification.
Jon Russ, ‘British Bat Calls – A Guide to Species identification’, Pelagic Publishing, 2013.