Daubentons Bat is probably the third most numerous bat in the area. Although typically it hunts low over water hunting for floating and flying insects, they regularly occur considerable distances away from water. There is one breeding colony of about two hundred in the Broads, Britain’s 4th largest, but this species is most commonly encountered by bat workers in the September to March period while hibernating in underground sites such as chalk caves, tunnels, ice houses and lime kilns.

There is still an enormous amount to learn about the habits and distribution of these understudied and misunderstood animals and everyone is encouraged to help with this task by reporting any found or seen, and to encourage the conservation of known roosting sites.
John Goldsmith.