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Greater Horseshoe Bat Rhinolophus ferrumequinum Wingspan 30-35cm Large bat with bizarre facial appearance. Adult has soft greyish brown fur, palest below and rusty brown on back. Nostrils are surrounded by horseshoe-shaped fleshy structure that is concerned with echolocation. Ears are greyish brown and wings are darker greyish brown. Squeaks sometimes heard at roosts. Echolocates in 80-83khz range. Rare, mainly in SW. Roosts in cellars and roofs in summer, hibernates in caves, mines and cellars. Hunts beetles and large moths over meadows and in woodland clearings. Emerges from roost 1hr after sunset.