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Brian & Batty Bridget Flight

Brian & Batty Bridget Flight

I am a lucky girl to have the support and help needed in order for me to care for my rescued bats.  I am sat in the dark, all wrapped up against the cold and damp, and counting my blessings. With more bats needing to be rescued each year the cost of caring for bats...

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Iggy Barbastelle hiding

Iggy Barbastelle hiding

Iggy having a rest in one of the bat boxes after flying in the bat flight. Iggy's weight has gradually increased since his arrival and I let him guide me as to when he's had enough to eat. He is in a 38gallon: 42 x 42 x 76 cm flex. We started on five meals per day and...

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Expenses to date

Expenses to date

My new soft flooring.  And am sorry that this carpet was not here to break your fall Tinkerbell. xx FROM JAN. 2022 MONTHLY PURCHASES:  Mealworms (Jan) £7.33 Mealworms (Feb) £7.76 Mealworms (Feb) £5.93 Oralade (Feb) £5.85 Mealworms (March) £7.76 Feeding Dish + Tweezers...

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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

Tonight we drove to Sturminster Newton to release Koumori, my sweet-natured BLE. The sweet little bat had been trapped behind a steel guarded shop-front over the Aug. Bank Holiday weekend. When rescued, he was underweight, dehydrated, and didn’t open his eyes properly...

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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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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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Bryony is flying

Bryony is flying

This is how Bryony looked when she arrived. She was crawling with mites, and from day one, she has been unresponsive, slow to eat, drink and move. And now, 7 weeks on, she can suddenly fly!!! This may be boring/long-winded, but am chuffed to bits with this little...

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On a brighter note

On a brighter note

On a brighter note, little Queenie is looking much better and stronger. Her breast feathers are also looking a deeper red colour. The cheeky monkey still follows us both around the garden and here she is outside my studio. Am feeding her 4-5 times a day, but it's...

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