Greater Horseshoe Bat
Original Painting Medium: Pen and Ink
Scientific Name: Rhinolophus Ferrumequinum
Region: United Kingdom
My pen and ink drawing of this rare bat was an artwork produced whilst at college in the 1990s. Our tutor was introducing us to pen and ink as a medium, and it was my first experience producing artwork using dots and cross-hatching techniques. I am delighted to say that a few years later, my bat artwork was also published, provided free of charge, 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 and habitats. I have also been working as a Registered Bat Carer since 2004/5 and look after orphaned and injured bats, returning them to the wild when they have recovered and are fully rehabilitated. A donation is given to bat conservation with each card and fine art print sold.