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Covid and bats

Wildlife spotting again in an almost empty hospital car park. Gull, magpie, squirrels, and jackdaw for company. Good to see a couple of nestboxes in the trees. Almost a clear run-through to get to the hospital due to 'the funeral', with hardly a car on the road. On...

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Koumori Free

Koumori Free

Before and after 'Koumori' photos. 30th August - Koumori on arrival and in need of help. A very unhappy, dehydrated, underweight, and poorly bat. 21st September - A lovely transformation. After weeks of warmth, care, and good food - Koumori, our lovely healthy Brown...

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Chaffinches

Chaffinches

Until approx. 5 years ago I would see 50-100 chaffinches pecking around underneath an avenue of beech trees close to home. Now there are only a few, hence I was delighted to see 2-3 pairs of chaffinches in our garden over the past month. I wondered why so few. I...

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Too chilly

Too chilly

Successful flying practice for each of my bats tonight. Every night I am outside with my rescues in order to help them fly free. First into the flight was Bryony, Pip, then Iggy, Barbastelle, and finally Koumori, my Brown Long-eared. Each is healthy, eating well, and...

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What’s the hold up?

What’s the hold up?

Iggy saying: 'What’s the hold up? I’m hungry, hmm.. that looks interesting.' Sorting Iggy’s paperwork and in the process of collecting details: where found, finders names, etc from Salisbury hospital, I learned that my little rare Barbastelle, had been seen flying...

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Peacock at Larmer Tree

Peacock at Larmer Tree

  Lovely to receive an inquiry and sale today. My 'Peacock at Larmer Tree Gardens' fine art print is now enroute to his new home. I portrayed the original painting in watercolour and gouache, alla prima, an Italian phrase that means ‘at first attempt’. It refers...

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So far – so good

So far – so good

Have just finished feeding late-night supper to Iggy, my young, rescued Barbastelle bat. They are a rare species and over my years of bat caring, I've heard that Barbastelles' don’t necessarily take well to being confined; they are extremely sensitive, and easily...

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Barbastelle

Barbastelle

A busy day that started with a rescue call from Sal. Hosp. Sadly the finder had been advised to put the bat in a box and release it tonight at 8 p.m. Whatever bat species, this is not good advice and it is sad to hear that people have either been advised to, or think...

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Crazy a’noon.

Crazy a’noon.

Crazy afternoon - no work done.  Received a bat rescue call from a (well-known chain) camera shop, 45 mins away. I couldn't collect and they wouldn’t deliver. All I kept hearing was: 'I'll just let it go tonight then'. Trying to get the boss to understand the...

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Bat Release – Little Amal

Just returned from a brilliant release. As soon as we stepped out of the car a bat flew above us. Within seconds the detector picked up more calls. The finder was in the States and his mum greeted us. She made it clear she disliked bats. Little Amal took off after a...

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