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Before a storm of comments arrive about the legalities or otherwise of seeking out, photographing or handling bats - we will point out that unless you are a certified bat carer or bat worker - all of the above is illegal and you would be prosecuted if observed or caught disturbing any British Bats - they have even more protection under law than badgers!

There is of course nothing wrong in seeking to find new bat colonies and watching - from outside of the roost at a reasonable distance - and records of any colony you may discover should be reported to the local bat group in your area - so they can monitor, protect and advise.

Ian says:....The Brown Long-eared was being looked after by our local bat carer Harold Green and was succesfully released a few days after I took this photograph.'
Natterer's BatBrown Long-eared Bat