Greater Horseshoe Bat
Size: 148mm x 148mm
Original Painting Medium: Pen and Ink
Scientific Name: Rhinolophus Ferrumequinum
Region: United Kingdom
My pen and ink drawing of this rare bat was my first experience at pen and ink work during the early 90's. I am delighted to say that this particular bat artwork has also been published in a well-known and respected wildlife magazine.
Bats are intriguing little creatures and are a delight to watch as they swoop, twist and turn in pursuit of gnats, moths and other insects. The Greater Horseshoe, is one of the larger bats and can be distinguished by the presence of a complex horseshoe-shaped nose-leaf which is related to their particular type of echolocation system. The Greater Horseshoe Bat has declined by over 90% in the last 100 years.
I am involved in 'bat counts' organised by the Bat Conservation Trust. Surveys by volunteers throughout the U.K help to ascertain and monitor the numbers of certain bat species in specific areas. I also work as a Registered Bat Carer and look after orphaned and injured bats, returning them to the wild when they have recovered anrd are fully rehabilitated.