Lesser Horseshoe Bat
The lesser horseshoe bat is an endangered species, and it is seen very rarely in Wales. At 15 to 19mm body length, it is a much smaller animal that its relative the greater horseshoe bat, and it weighs typically just 5 to 9gm.
This tiny bat has the characteristic horseshoe-shaped plate of skin around its nostrils.
Habitat and flight
Lesser horseshoe bats hibernate, sometimes in large groups, from October until late April or early May. Their winter roosts are most often in caves or tunnels. They hang by their feet, often in open and exposed positions but rarely in large clusters.
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