Su and Bats

Daubenton's Bat Myotis daubentonii                         Brown Long-eared Bat Plecotus auritus
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Pipistrelle Bats Pipistrellus pipistrellus & P. pygmaus waiting to be weighed    
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Bat Flight for honing gnat/moth hunting skills         In the travel box ready for evening release
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Just a few of the little rescued bats I've cared for over the years and released back to the wild.

Bats are lovely little animals and are a delight to watch as they swoop, twist and turn in pursuit of gnats, moths and other insects. Because they are often only ever seen at night; they are considered by many to be somewhat mysterious, and to some people, even frightening.

As can be seen from my photos, nothing could be further from the truth. Bats are cute little critters, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and are an invaluable asset to us.  One bat alone can eat up to 3,000 gnats in a night.  Without bats, our world would be infested with insects and pretty miserable. 

Sadly, as with most wildlife, bat populations have declined considerably over the last century. Bats are under threat from many directions: building and development work that affects roosts, the severing of traditional bat flight routes through extensive road developments, the installation of wind turbines sited on key bat habitat or near roosts, and the loss of habitat through the use of pesticides and intensive farming practices; that has led to a reduction in the abundance of insects which bats rely on as their only food source. Threats in the home including cat attacks, the widespread use of sticky flypaper and some chemical treatments of building materials; all these factors are having a detrimental effect on our bats.

BATS NEED OUR HELP:  Putting up bat boxes and growing bat-friendly plants in gardens will help encourage bats in your neighbourhood.  

NEED HELP WITH A BAT: Please visit the Bat Conservation Trust or call 0845 1300 228

British Wildlife Magazine ~ 2003

Greater Horseshoe Bat - Pen & Ink drawing

Wildlife Artist - Susan Shimeld


Artists & Illustrators Magazine ~ 2009

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Artists & Illustrators Magazine ~ 2008

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Publishing Fine Art Greetings Cards
Susan Shimeld

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Wimborne Arts ~2009

Wimborne Art Society

In March 2009 I received a call from the Chairman of The Wimborne Art Society inviting me to judge their annual art competition. The standard of artwork was excellent and it was a hard but enjoyable task.

'Wildlife Art' Competition - July 26th

The Judge making copious notes

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After the prize giving, a surprise presentation for me from Wimborne Art Society Chairman, Jim Champion

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L-R Finalists: Jacqueline Wedgery, Alan Gibson, me & bouquet, Sue Edwards

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First Prize - Alan Gibson for his superb watercolour, 'Emperor Geese and Goslings'
Second Prize - Jacqueline Wedgery for her watercolour, 'Hedgerow Life'
Third Prize - Sue Edwards for her lovely oil painting of a 'Grant's Gazelle'

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Chatting with the 'Wildlife Art' Competition Winner - Alan Gibson

March 2009

Artists & Illustrators Magazine
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'Tropical butterflies of the World'
Susan Shimeld