Bats call Hethersett village home, action team reports

A Pipistrelle and a brown long-eared bat. The pipistrelle is the most common UK bat and the smallest

A Pipistrelle and a brown long-eared bat. The pipistrelle is the most common UK bat and the smallest (with wings folded it could fit into a matchbox), Departing from daytime roost. Hethersett has been found to be a haven for bats. Picture: PA Photo/ Hugh Clark/Bat Conservation Trust - Credit: PA

Hethersett is a haven for different kinds of bats, the village's environmental action team has found.

Team chairwoman Dr Anne Edwards reported on the bat survey at the village's annual parish meeting at the village hall.

Dr Edwards said bat species recorded including the common pipistrelle, the rare barbastelle and serotine bats and the country's biggest bat, the noctule.

She said: 'Any nature reserve would be happy to record as many species. We are certainly high on the bat map of Norfolk.'

Dr Edwards also told the meeting the action team had helped 357 toads, 28 frogs and more than 50 newts across roads to spawning grounds so far in 2016.


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