New species of bat found in Jersey

A new species of bat has been found in Jersey.

The Alcathoe’s bat, or Myotis alcathoe, was discovered by The Jersey Bat Group as part of their woodland project.

The group was unable to formally identify the animal, but following a DNA analysis they found the bat belonged to a rare species which has only been confirmed in a few spots in the UK and Europe.

Alcathoe’s bat is considered a threatened species because of its rarity and vulnerability to losing its habitat.

We are very excited to find this species in the Island for the first time. As the Woodland Project moves forward there may be further exciting new discoveries.

– Dr Amy Hall, Chair of the Jersey Bat Group