Rescued Pipistrelle bat cared for by Susan Shimeld
Rescued Daubenton's bat sleeping in faunarium. Reg. Bat Carer Susan Shimeld
Three rescued Pipistrelle pups waiting to be weighed. Cared for by Susan Shimeld
Brown Long-eared Bat rescued and being cared for by Susan Shimeld
Rescued Daubenton's bat having a drink. Carer Susan Shimeld
Bat flight in Susan Shimeld's garden for rehabilitating her rescued bats
Susan Shimeld's Greater Horseshoe Bat Coasters and Presentation Box
Susan Shimed and Colin Morris bat survey early 2001
Greater Horseshoe Bat greetings card. Artwork by Susan Shimeld

1994 – Member of Dorset Bat Group
Involved in BCT roost site, waterway and bat surveys

1999 – Bechstein Bat Data Collection, Dorset. Working with good friend and respected bat aficianado, Colin Morris, from the Vincent Wildlife Trust.

2003 – Bat Rescuer & Carer
2006 – Registered Bat Carer

2011 – July – Received 5 of 50 baby Pips found abandoned in a cardboard box in the middle of a field.  The bats plus a couple of female adults were obviously from a maternity roost: presumably removed after the roost had been destroyed during illegal work in a roof space.

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust received them late one evening and gallantly cared for them for 12hrs, until we were able to distribute the pups to bat carers willing to take them.  I cared for and trained my little group until they were ready for release the following Spring.

2011 – Winter – Training for Bat License
2013 – Member of Wiltshire Bat Group

Sadly, as with most wildlife, bat populations have declined considerably over the last century. Bats are under threat from many directions: building and development work that affects roosts, the severing of traditional bat flight routes through extensive road developments, the installation of wind turbines sited on key bat habitat or near roosts, and the loss of habitat through the use of pesticides and intensive farming practices; that has led to a reduction in the abundance of insects which bats rely on as their only food source.

Threats in the home including cat attacks, the widespread use of sticky flypaper and some chemical treatments of building materials; all these factors are having a severe and detrimental effect on our bats.

BATS NEED OUR HELP: Putting up bat boxes and growing bat-friendly plants in gardens will help encourage bats in your neighbourhood.

NEED HELP WITH A BAT: Please visit the Bat Conservation Trust or call 0345 1300 228

Mobile: (+44) 07963 514614
Studio: (+44) 01725 516388


Larmer Tree Studio,
Larmer Tree Gardens,
Tollard Royal,
Nr.Salisbury, Wiltshire,
SP5 5PY, United Kingdom

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