|Grey Long-Eared Bat|
Source: Cosmos Magazine
It was in on one such educational walk, hosted by East Devon Council's Wet & Wild Weekend in Axminster, University of Exeter scientist, Dr Fiona Matthews discovered one of Britain's rarest bats: the Grey Long-Eared Bat. Dr. Matthews from Exeter University's Biosciences team said she was please to have come across such a rare discovery at a public event, “I immediately suspected that this was a Grey long-eared bat, and to share the excitement with so many people at a public event was fantastic. Because it looks rather similar to its common cousin, the Brown long-eared, we had to get genetic confirmation that it really was the are species."
The newly discovered bat has now been tagged for further research and is thought to be part of an Axminster roost that adds to only six other known Grey Long-Eared Bat colonies in the UK.