This is a picture of a Grey long eared bat (Plecotus austriacus) I once had the pleasure of looking after for a short time when I was a member of Sheffield bat group. It’s one of the approx. sixteen species of bats found in the UK. I say approx because when I was more involved with bats it was claimed there were thirteen species but now it seems to be eighteen. I always take these figures with a pinch of salt because by their very nature it’s difficult to see or catch them. They are one of the easiest bats to recognise because of the huge ears, huge that is compared to the size of the bat itself. Grey long eared bats feed on insects which they usually catch in flight, but sometimes they pluck their prey from leaves on trees and even on the ground. Bats in the UK are mostly nocturnal but some will occasionally be seen flying in daylight. Grey long eared bats roost in buildings and caves and hibernate like all other bats during the winter when their main source of food which is insects are in short supply.