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Bat of the year 2016: the Noctule!

This year BatLife Europe asked its partners to vote for their 'Bat Species of the Year' and their chosen species is the Noctule, Nyctalus noctula

Dr. Jasja Dekker, chair of BatLife Europe commented: “BatLife Europe’s partners have chosen the Noctule bat as ‘Bat Species of the Year 2016’ because this fascinating species is a long distance migrant. As such, it is a perfect example of how one must look beyond borders and cooperate internationally to conserve sensitive species. This is exactly the reason BatLife Europe was established: helping bat species by letting NGOs cooperate and learn from each other. For this species, looking at how best to manage production forests and mitigate the effects of wind turbines is also important”. 
The distribution of the Noctule covers vast parts of Europe. While the breeding areas of this species are located mainly in the north-eastern parts, it hibernates mainly in south-western or southern parts of Europe. The Noctule is a typical forest species but it also occurs in other habitats, and even in cities, provided that there are enough old trees present. It finds its roosts in tree cavities and in the south of Europe also in caves. Nowadays it is even found roosting in buildings right in the middle of cities. 

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