PROPOSAL FOR A NEW NATURE RESERVE FOR LESSER HORSESHOE BATS IN AMSTERDAM – 2008
Location: Vijzelstraat 32, Amsterdam.
The lesser horseshoe bat lives in the warmer regions of Europe in foothills and highland, particular
wooded areas or areas of limestone. The species gets its name from its distinctive horseshoe-shaped
nose. It has strong feet that it uses to grasp rocks and branches, and can see well in spite of its
small eyes. Like most bats, lesser horseshoe bats live in colonies and hunt their prey by echolocation,
emitting ultrasound from specialized round pads in their mouth.
This species is in decline due to a number of factors, including the disturbance or destruction of roosts,
changes in agricultural practices (such as the increased use of insecticides, which reduce prey availability)
and the loss of suitable foraging habitats.