Bats at Lyveden

A bat at Lyveden

There are 1,100 species of bats worldwide, but how many of them live at Lyveden?

Lyveden recently had a visit from our Independent Ecologist and Protected Species Consultant, conduct a bat survey at the manor.

The final survey report confirmed that Lyveden has the largest brown long-eared colony in Northamptonshire.

Other bats at Lyveden include common and soprano pipistrelle, noctule bat and myotis specie - more commonly known as the whiskered bat.

In the UK, we have seventeen different types of bats - five of which live across the site at Lyveden. The smallest bat's in the UK, and at Lyveden, are the tiny pipistrelle bat. Measuring at just a fourcentremetres long, the pipistrelle weighs approximately 5 grams - that's less than a £1 coin.

The largest bat at Lyveden is the noctule bat, although they are still smaller than the average size of an adult hand and weigh up to 40 grams.

Most bats have only one pup a year, making them extremely vulnerable to extinction. Bat mothers can find their babies among thousands or millions of other bats by their unique voices and scents.

All the bats at Lyveden feed on insects. Usually caught and eaten mid flight, sometimes bats will hang upside down to catch larger prey.