Bats, Derbyshire, Wildlife

Bat released! Yippee 

well an update on the bat that came in that was grounded and is the one in the post below and was named Bill D Bat as Cory thought “comm pip bat 1″ was a useless name, he got released yeah!

It took longer to care for him than I was planning but he went at his own pace nearly a month! He was also the star of a bat walk and talk night where we showed there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to bats. Cory and I took him back to where he was found last Friday night as we prepared to let him go we cranked on the bat detector and picked up a couple of pips transiting over the car park  towards a body of water over which they seemed to be feeding. We got Bill D Bat out of the carry case and he started to echo locate straight away and after a few moments stretching he flew. He circled us a couple of times and we picked up his feeding buzz meaning he he could feed himself and within 2 minutes he was flying around the Car park opposite then as more bats transited over us he turned away from the car park and joined the others.

So a few pictures and lessons I have learnt from my first bat care patient. 

1. Pips don’t need to be fed till they stop…… They won’t stop the little piggies” 14 mealworms a night is bad! The advice as I heard was feed them what they will eat but didn’t know that it meant between 5-8 of them, and an obese bat won’t fly though it bounced well when it tried to fly. Only kidding.

2. They love to be clean and he spent a fair amount of time grooming and before he was released he would stretch his wings as in the photo below which then made me think I need an area for him to fly besides the bathroom.

3. Indoor flying tent that Cory found! It is light-weight and can be hung from the ceiling on a cup holder hook! Allowing the bat to excesize without the need of me being there and in the dark. It is in fact a British army cot mosquito net and it works a treat. Loads of room for most bats I think and it is machine washable.

4. Patience is the key and the hard work pays off.

Bye Bill good look and on to the next bat. So this week we had 2 calls to grounded bats the first the finder was happy to feed and release that night and sadly the one last night died from its injuries it looks like it could have been a cat attack. Cats are a big hunter of bats but they only seem to play with them. More info on bats can be found at the bat conservation trust or for more local info (well to Derbyshire) try the DBCG


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