Mottisfont Bats SSSI

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Mottisfont Bats SSSI (grid reference SU314281) is a 230.98 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Hampshire, notified in 2003. It is also a Special Area of Conservation.

Biological interest[edit]

The site consists of woods around Mottisfont, which supports a population of the Barbastelle bat which is considered by Natural England to be of nationally importance. The site is used by the Barbastelles for breeding, roosting, commuting and feeding. It is the only known maternity roost in Hampshire and one of only six known sites in the United Kingdom as of 2002.

Mottisfont contains a mix of woodland types including hazel coppice with standards, broadleaved plantation and coniferous plantation.

Eight other bat species have been recorded at Mottisfont: Whiskered, Brown long-eared, Common and Pygmy Pipistrelles, Serotine, Noctule, Daubenton's and Natterer's.

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Coordinates: 51°03′05″N 1°33′12″W / 51.05139°N 1.55341°W / 51.05139; -1.55341