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Unusual nesting place

Unusual nesting place

After our delivery, the gas man didn't mention that he hadn't shut the lid to the tank correctly. It was only later in the day we noticed, and then understood why he'd left it. To our surprise, and in the most unusual of nesting places, we found a nest tucked...

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Little Jonesy

Little Jonesy

Little Jonesy at 27 days old, having a look around after being weighed and measured. He is in good condition and though he cannot fly as yet, he will soon start to stretch his wings and be more adventurous.  At present, he is still relying on mum for his milk feeds....

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Frame is up

Frame is up

Brian is beavering away building the flight in the garden again today. As we don't want to reduce their flying space a safety hatch area is needed so that bats inside the flight cannot escape when the door is opened. Somehow he's going to incorporate the rickety old...

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Oi…Joey…. it’s time to go

Oi…Joey…. it’s time to go

Joey refusing to wake up.  I needed to give him a drink and a little feed before being released tonight. He was so snoozy, but eventually stirred and ate. It was a lovely evening as we headed off to the highest village in Dorset. On arrival we walked through unknown...

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Wild bat says Hello

Wild bat says Hello

Over the years when I've been sat on the lawn inside the mosquito tent with pups that are just learning to fly ...as above.... it's always been a treat to be visited by bats flying free as they investigate my little rescues and chat with them. Last year we added a...

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Mission Cuckoo

Mission Cuckoo

I could hear the cuckoo calling in the woodland behind our garden and was on a mission to track him down. A lovely evening's walk, with my furry buddy, accompanied by a beautiful cuckoo song. Cuckoo calling

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Bathala Bat Flight

Bathala Bat Flight

Bathala is known as the grand conserver of the universe, the caretaker of things from whom all providence comes, hence the lovely word 'bahala' meaning 'to care'.  In 2011, I cared for and raised 5 orphaned pups, and luckily we were able to track down and renovate a...

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New bat flight needed

New bat flight needed

We've been discussing a much-needed bat flight and am now feeling a bit like this.. lol! Brian has been researching the least expensive materials and doing the sums: £400+ for a 12 x 8ft flight, or £330 for a 10 x 6ft. Yikes! Thankfully we have mesh remaining from...

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Joey taking 5…

Joey taking 5…

A Joey flying session in the extension of our little bat gym. We fly him each night, and he is improving and looking good, but he's still not gaining the weight needed for release.  He can fly well, but the evening temperatures are also just too cold and he tires...

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Little Jonesy snoozing

Little Jonesy snoozing

Tucked up against the heatpad and snoozing in his bed. As he grows, mum and pup now spend a little more time away from each other. This is perfectly natural as periodically Berry, mum. is need of a break. It is also an ideal opportunity for me to weigh pup and check...

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Flypaper bat

Flypaper bat

A Pipistrelle bat I received last summer.  The poor thing was covered in glue from a sticky flypaper trap. It looked and felt like a hard piece of wood and I  initially couldn't tell which end was its head or tail. Am pleased to share the news that glue traps are...

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Little Jonesy

Little Jonesy

Two photos of Berry's pup, Little Jonesy. He is no longer bald and now has a velvety fur coat. He is approx. 30.05mm, active and vocal. Both mum and pup are both doing well. 🙂 So far - so good! F.A: 20.00mm Weight: 3.36g

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