Barry the Bat

Barry is a young Common Pipistrelle. He was found in a pallet of bricks by some builders, who very kindly called Surrey Bat Rescue. As the bricks had been delivered a couple of days before, there was no way of knowing whether Barry had hitched a ride inside or whether he’d chosen it as a hibernation spot since delivery. He’s not quite at the ideal hibernation weight, it’s late in the year (so food is scarce) and we don’t know where he’s come from – bats navigate their local area by known landmarks such as trees and hedges, so if he did arrive with the bricks then he wouldn’t have a clue where he was. Obviously he couldn’t stay there, so he’s going to stay with me through the winter, to be released in the spring. He’s taken to eating mealworms with great enthusiasm, as you can see in the video.🙂

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Introducing Barry the Bat!

I recently started training as a volunteer bat rehabilitator, under the mentorship of Steve Preston at Surrey Bat Rescue. Three highly unpleasant rabies vaccinations later, and I am registered with The Bat Conservation Trust as a trainee carer. After lots of reading and a crash course in bat care from the experienced and dedicated Steve, I have my first bat. Here he is.🙂

Bloody immigrants; coming over here and pollinating our plants…

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Since I read that BWARS is mapping the spread of the migrant Ivy Bee, Colletes hederae, I’ve been hoping to see them in the garden. We have plenty of ivy, which is currently in full flower. Yesterday, in the sunshine, it was covered in insects. Amongst the many hover flies and wasps collecting the late season pollen, there were lots of Ivy Bees. I couldn’t get close enough to get really clear shots, as the ivy flowers were quite high up, but here they are.🙂

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