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Samhain

Samhain

Tonight was a perfect Halloween outing with extra spookiness, as it involved walking around a dark and blustery graveyard listening out for bats. I've been watching the weather like a hawk, as Niko, my little Pipistrelle bat, was a good weight, has been flying well...

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Hendrix – BLE

Hendrix – BLE

In the last 7-10 days I've received two more rescued Pip bats: released another that had been with us for many weeks, and late tonight received a Brown long-eared bat. The BLE, now named Hendrix, was seen inside a house yesterday and was still in the same spot today....

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Little Laszlo

The good news is that Little Laszlo, who has been with us since the beginning of July, was finally released on Saturday night.  As with each flying practice here at home, Laszlo took a while to get his bearings and take to the air, but to the delight of his finders,...

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‘By night we linger’d on the lawn’

‘By night we linger’d on the lawn’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson. By night we linger’d on the lawn, For underfoot the herb was dry; And genial warmth; and o’er the sky The silvery haze of summer drawn; And bats went round in fragrant skies, And wheel’d or lit the filmy...

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Sunshine and mealworms

Our sunny day has included a drive through lovely countryside to have our flu jabs (makes it all worthwhile), followed by a stroll along a newly discovered by-way with our furry friend Freya. Back at home, I settled my newly-arrived mealworms in. Bat carers, have to...

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Niko on the mend

Niko on the mend

I am pleased to say my new little Pip, Niko, finally accepted a drink last night and later on ate solids. This morning he is still with us and has eaten a good breakfast. He is a gentle little soul. He has had a couple of liquid meals today and has just enjoyed...

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St. Nicholas Church

Another arrival today. A juvenile male Pipistrelle. He was discovered on the floor in St. Nicholas's church yesterday and was picked up and placed on top of the font in the hope that he might fly away during the night. This morning, he was found on the floor again. He...

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Bat Conservation Trust Calendar

Bat Conservation Trust Calendar

In September mating season begins. Males of most species use special calls to attract females, which can include purrs, clicks, and buzzing. Bats also concentrate on building up fat stores for the coming months In October, more mating is taking place, and building up...

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Snoozy

Snoozy

The kindness and understanding of batty-loving friends and bat finders has been overwhelming these past few weeks. A couple of weeks ago, I received a message from a young, kind bat-loving friend offering to support and help me with my bats. The thought was so very...

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Milky Chops

Milky Chops

When pups arrive, they are fed rejuvenating fluids, and if all is well, they then have bat milk formula every few hours. Over the weeks, as they progress, I gradually drop the feeds to four times a day, then to two, and eventually, one evening meal suffices with milk...

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