lesser horseshoe bat

Lesser Horseshoe

Along with the Greater Horseshoe, these are the only bats you will find in the UK hanging upside down on the roof of a cave/building in your classic bat pose. They are called Horseshoe bats due to their complex nose leaf which helps with their echolocation. They are very sensitive to disturbance and artificial lights and will actively change their flight routes to avoid artificial lights. This species flies very low, rarely more than 5 metres above the ground when hunting, picking insects from plants and even off the ground.