England is losing its meadows and marshes, impacting Long-eared bats
Britain’s gray long-eared bats are facing extinction because of the loss of the UK’s marshlands. Britain’s Bat Conservation Trust states, “We are lucky enough to have 18 species of bat in the UK, 17 of which are known to be breeding here – that’s almost a quarter of our mammal species.” The Trust has warned that the Long-Eared bats specifically, only have an estimate of 1,000 individuals left due to to the dramatic decline” of their habitats.
The gray long-eared bats, already considered one of Britain’s rarest of species, are generally to be found hunting for food, usually moths, in lowland meadows and marshlands. Their distribution is primarily confined along the south of the British Isles in places like Sussex, Devon, Somerset, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands.
However, changes to land management and farming practices have meant these habitats are virtually all gone.
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