Species Common name Species Latin name Status in Jersey
Greater Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus ferrumequinum Recorded in St Martin in 2013
Whiskered Bat Myotis mystacinus Droppings analysed in St Lawrence and confirmed 2012
Natterer’s Bat Myotis nattereri Uncommon resident.  Recorded in St. Catherine’s Woods on 23 April 2014.  Trapped in harp trap and photographed on 06 July 14 also in St Catherines Woods
Leisler’s Bat Nyctalus leisleri One male individual recorded 20 May 2002.  Believed to be a vagrant.  One example recorded and seen at an emergence survey at St Lawrence in Sept 2014.
Serotine Bat Eptesicus serotinus One individual recorded in 2013 in St Mary.  Droppings analysed and confirmed.  Observed again in same place in 2014.
Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus Very common resident.  Found in most Jersey locations
Soprano Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pygmaeus Relatively common resident.  Heard at St Catherine’s Woods.  Several caught in Harp trap in St. Caths Woods on 06 Jul 14
Nathusius Pipistrelle Pipistrellus nathusii Relatively common resident.  Recorded at Val de la Mare reservoir.
Kuhl’s Pipistrelle Pipistrellus kuhli Uncommon resident.  Heard at Val de la Mare reservoir
Brown Long-eared Bat Plecotus auritus Two individuals recorded in 2002 & 2003
Grey Long-eared Bat Plecotus austriacus Relatively common resident.  Very quiet calls so difficult to record.  Maternity roost discovered in St Peter in July 2014

We thank the Bat Conservation Trust for the above information.

The most recent island-wide survey, The Jersey Bat Survey, was carried out by Louise Magris of the States of Jersey Environment Department, dated October 2003.

In 2013 the Bat group discovered a Serotine roost which consisted of one or more Serotine bats in St. Mary’s Church.

Many hours were spent viewing and recording the emergence and return of a single Serotine bat on the south side of the church.  This bat was visible on several occasions just before dusk and due to size and colour was suspected to be a Serotine.  Ecolocation recording confirmed that the bat was most likely a Serotine and lastly, we were able to analyse it’s droppings for the final confirmation.

Probably the same bat was observed and recorded in July 2014.

Also in 2013, whilst Orly Razgour, Phd graduate from Bristol university, was over in Jersey surveying for Grey Long-eared bats, she discovered a Greater Horseshoe call on one of her recordings.  The ecolocation call of this bat is very distinctive and is unlikely to be mixed up with any other bats.  More investigation is needed to discover whether this bat was a vagrant or is a resident.

A call resembling a Noctule was recorded in St Peter’s Valley in July 2014 so it is likely that this species exists here in the summer at least.

In August 2015 a species hunting low over one of our reservoirs was observed.  The species could only be a Pond Bat, Long-fingered Bat or a Daubentons.  The latter is the most likely as the other two should not be in this zone and in fact the recordings resemble those of a Daubentons.