Colin Bonfield, Senior Ecologist notes: “The roost is also being used by other confirmed bat species including brown long-eared and serotine. Because of the difficulty in distinguishing the two species of long-eared bat, and their habits of sharing roosts, it’s easy to miss the rarer species. This is why DNA analysis is so important.”
“Devon is a stronghold for bats in the UK, with 16 species recorded here. Grey long-eared bats are light averse and the low levels of light pollution in the county are favourable. There is diverse foraging habitat in this part of the country, with plenty of woodland and old buildings that provide suitable foraging habitat and roosts.”
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