Thursday, 8 August 2013

Going, going...
The grey long-eared bat is one of the rarest bats in the UK, with a population estimated at 1,000 individuals and a distribution that is restricted mainly to the southern coast of England and Wales.
Dr Orly Razgour's Conservation Management Plan (READ FULL REPORT HERE) outlines how the UK population is of high conservation concern because it appears to be declining and fragmented, and several maternity colonies have been lost in the past few decades.
The decline of the grey long-eared bat in the UK is closely linked to the disappearance of lowland unimproved grasslands (meadows) its main foraging habitat. As such the grey long-eared bat is a good flagship species for the conservation of this threatened habitat.

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