Countryfile Magazine - - Bats -

Dur­ing a mild Novem­ber, bats are still ac­tive but the best time to see them is be­tween May and Septem­ber.

Th­reave Bat Re­serve, Dum­fries This spe­cial­ist bat re­serve has a great mix of habi­tats in­clud­ing woods, mead­ows and wet­land. Look out for whiskered, brown long-eared and noc­tule bats.

Mal­ham Tarn, York­shire Dales There are reg­u­lar bat walks across the es­tate, with bats such as the com­mon pip­istrelle and Dauben­ton’s tak­ing ad­van­tage of the lime­stone caves as well as old build­ings.

Browne’s Folly, Som­er­set 12 species of bat have been recorded at this Wildlife Trust re­serve, in­clud­ing the greater horse­shoe, which roosts in the labyrinth of un­der­ground mine shafts.

Gwaith Powdwr, Gwynedd Once the largest ex­plo­sive works in Europe, the site is now a Wildlife Trust re­serve where old build­ings and wood­land are home to an­other rare bat, the lesser horse­shoe.

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