Bats in France - Eurobats
Bats in France - Eurobats
In Europe there are a surprisingly high number of local and also national organisations dealing with the conservation of bats and their habitats. Many of them try to increase public awareness of of bats and their needs. Special emphasis is placed on people, who host bat colonies in their houses, on dispelling misunderstanding and on close co-operation with the responsible nature conservation bodies.
You can get involved in bat conservation, too! For this you don’t need to be a scientist, but to feel concerned about bats’ problems. If you are interested to learn more about these fascinating flying mammals and to become an active bat conservationist, contact your local, regional or national Bat conservation group. You can find many relevant links on http://www.eurobats.org/.
What you can do for bats in your daily life:
° Tolerate and maintain existing roosts in buildings, trees and caves, and provide new ones (e.g. bat boxes)
° Do not disturb bats while roosting, especially not during hibernation and maternity.
° Avoid the use of pesticides in your garden and in usage of remedial timber treatment agents in your house roof, both can lead to poisoning of bats. If an application is indispensable choose only products which do not harm bats.
° Actively dispel misconception about bats by telling other people some facts about their fascinating life style.
If you find a young, injured or dead bat, please contact a bat expert as soon as possible to get advice on how to proceed.
In France we are extremely fortunate to host 34 of the 41 bat species that are present in Europe and the simple list below includes a link to the French file for each species that includes a map indicating presence as well as providing full information in French.
Rhinolophe Euryale / Mediterranean Horse-Shoe Bat. Threatened species. LINK
Grand Rhinolophe / Greater Horse-Shoe Bat. LINK
Petit Rhinolophe / Lesser Horse-Shoe Bat. LINK
Rhinolophe de Mehely / Mehely's Horse-Shoe Bat. Threatened species. LINK
Barbastelle / Barbastelle LINK
Sérotine de Nilsson / Northern Bat LINK
Sérotine Commune / Serotine Bat LINK
Vespère de Savi / Savi's Pipistrelle Bat LINK
Minioptère de Schreibers / Schreibers' Bat Threatened species LINK
Vespertilion de Bechstein / Bechstein's Bat Threatened species LINK
Petit Murin / Lesser Mouse Eared Bat LINK
Vespertilion de Brandt / Brandt's Bat LINK
Vespertilion de Capaccini / Long- Fingered Bat Threatened species LINK
Vespertilion des Marais / Pond Bat LINK
Vespertilion de Daubenton / Daubentons Bat LINK
Vespertilion à oreilles échancrées / Geoffroy's Bat LINK
Grand Murin / Great Mouse-Eared Bat LINK
Vespertilion à moustaches / Whiskered Bat LINK
Vespertilion de Natterer / Natterer's Bat LINK
Grande Noctule / Greater Noctule Bat LINK
Noctule de Leisler / Leisler's Bat LINK
Noctule Commune / Noctule Bat LINK
Pipistrelle de Kuhl / Kuhl's Pipistrelle Bat LINK
Pipistrelle de Nathusius / Nathusius Pipistrelle Bat LINK
Pipistrelle Commune / Common Pipistrelle Bat LINK
Oreillard Roux / Brown Long-Eared Bat LINK
Oreillard Gris / Grey Long-Eared Bat LINK
Sérotine Bicolore / Parti- Coloured Bat LINK
Molosse de Cestoni / European Free-Tailed Bat LINK