Brown long-eared in tree knot (© Hugh Clark / Bat Conservation Trust)
Brown long-eared in tree knot (© Hugh Clark / Bat Conservation Trust)

These pages aim to provide some basic information on the various bat species found in the UK, though it should be noted that as with all animal species bats can be variable in the looks and behavior!

Please use the links at the end of the page to take you to the relevant species for those that aren’t known to regularly occur in Merseyside and West Lancashire.


Bats in North Merseyside

Bats like many species are highly reliant on certain habitats and conditions to live and so are limited in distribution across the UK. For example Horseshoe bats favour dense woodlands for hunting and caves for hibernation and so are often found in Wales but have never been found a short distance away in North Merseyside.


There are a number of species regularly recorded in North Merseyside. These include;

Daubenton’s BatMyotis daubentonii

Whiskered BatMyotis mystacinus

Brandt’s BatMyotis brandtii

Natterer BatMyotis nattereri

NoctuleNyctalus noctula

Bandit PipistrellePipistrellus pipistrellus

Soprano PipistrellePipistrellus pygmaeus

Brown Long-eared BatPlecotus auritus


Other bats recorded North Merseyside (1 record);

Nathusius’ PipistrellePipistrellus nathusii – This species is native to the UK though largely confined to the south, it may be under-recorded in our area, and is possibly on the move North so keep your ears alert!

Savi’s PipistrellePipistrellus savii – This record relates to an individual of this non-native species that is though to have hitched a ride on a ship bound for Liverpool.

Leisler’s – Nyctalus leisleri – Recorded recently near St Helens though this bat was not re-discovered in a well surveyed area. Leisler’s are distributed widely but rare throughout their range. They may well turn up here again!


UK bats not (yet!) recorded in Merseyside;

Alcathoe’s – Myotis alcathoe

Serotine – Eptesicus serotinus

Grey Long-eared bat – Plecotus austriacus

Lesser Horseshoe – Rhinolophus hipposideros (There is the suggestion that this species may be hiding out on the Wirral.. Let us know if you have any additional information!)

Greater Horseshoe – Rhinolophus ferrumequinum

Bechstein’s – Myotis bechsteinii

Barbastelle – Barbastella barbastellus

Greater Mouse-eared bat – Myotis myotis

Conserving Bats in Merseyside and West Lancashire