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Countryfile Magazine - - Bats -

The greater mouse-eared bat (be­low) is now all but ex­tinct in Bri­tain, with just one soli­tary male known to hi­ber­nate in a dis­used rail­way tun­nel in Sus­sex. The last colony was recorded near Bog­nor Regis in 1985. At­tics were a par­tic­u­lar favourite with fe­males for ma­ter­nity roosts, and it’s thought that the colony per­ished when a nearby cot­tage was de­stroyed in a fire. So are there any plans to in­tro­duced a fe­male and re­vive the species? Steve Parker thinks not. “The prob­lem is that we don’t have the habi­tat for them any more, or the build­ings. They are re­ally large bats and they need big gaps to be able to find some­where to hi­ber­nate.”

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