The large horseshoe bat, which had not appeared in England for 100 years, was recently found at Dover Castle.
An endangered species, the large horseshoe bat, was recently found at Dover Castle in England. You haven’t seen one in 100 years.
English researchers Claire and Toby Munn of the Kent Bat Group made the discovery. Since 2019 experts have searched for the animal.
The area where the bat was found is the Horseshoe Passage, built during the Napoleonic wars.
The Kent Bat Group, a body that analyzes the life of bats in the town of Kent, had placed recording equipment on farms near the castle. The purpose was to listen to them.
Until they got it.
What are the characteristics of the large horseshoe bat?
The large horseshoe bat has, by scientific name, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum. It emits ultrasounds through the nose and not through the mouth, unlike the others.
It has a low capacity to generate life (one annual breeding), in addition to being a victim of the use of forest insecticides. For this reason it is in danger of extinction.
« When we set out to find where they might be resting, the words’ needles in a haystack came to mind, » said Claire Munn, quoted by the Daily Mail. « So when I saw the pear-shaped shadow hanging in front of us, after 15 months of searching, we felt like we had won the lottery. »
« This is a historic find and is just one example of Dover Castle’s wildlife capabilities, » he stresses.
The researchers’ next goal is to find out the bat’s lifestyle, from and where it travels.