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Thursday, December 19, 2002

The Bat Conservation Trust have said it is "immensely exciting" that a male Greater Mouse-Eared bat has been found hibernating in Sussex. This is because the species was declared extinct in the UK in 1990 and has not been seen since.

It is possible that the individual found by the Sussex Bat Group has flown over from Europe or may even be a member of a larger colony which also hibernates somewhere in the UK...

It may interest you that before 1991 the last mammal to go extinct in the UK had been the wolf which disappeared 250 years ago!