Scientific name: Nyctalus noctula
Our largest bat, the Noctule roosts in trees and can be seen flying over the canopy in search of insect-prey, such as Cockchafers. Like other bats, it hibernates over winter.
Average lifespan: 4-5 years
Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981. Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. European Protected Species under Annex IV of the European Habitats Directive.