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I was asked what I wanted for my birthday, I said a Bat detector,

suddenly those little flitting shadows had a voice, whats more,

with a little practice you can tell one type of bat from another

(there are around 17 species of bat in the west country)

I joined a bat group (Avon Bat Group) and learned more I

even got to handle them (after training) and spent a few

years rescuing them when they needed it.

I sit around with my wine nowadays and listen to them on most of

the camp sites I have been on, the early ones that you can see up

with the Swallows and Swifts as the sun sets the smaller ones just

after sunset and the Horseshoe bats about an hour later.

We have just come back from a few days on a CL near Frome,

our corner pitch had nearly a dozen Pipistrelle bats entertaining us

as they fltted and fed for almost half an hour.

So how many of us have bat detectors? or intend to get one?

Some Bat folklore

http://www. bedsbatgroup. org. uk/wordpress/?page_id=574#box

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Are you changing from GUMDROP to BATMAN?? :D

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Just a word of caution because of possible rabies risk if handling bats.

 

http://www. bats. org. uk/pages/-bats_and_rabies-1099. html

 

As a bat worker I get a vaccination and would not be allowed to handle bats without.

The incidence of "rabies" is not very great, we wear gloves as this is protection enough

bats teeth are very small in most cases (you only see them because they open their mouths

to echolocate, it is not a threat posture)

Are you changing from GUMDROP to BATMAN?? :D

No, I am certainly more of a sweetie than a bat man :D :D

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I have a Magenta Bat5 and it has been very successful on various CL's we have visited.

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Excuse my ignorance,chaps, but what is the interest in bats? :ph34r: It is obviously a hobby of yours. Out of

interest is there anywhere on google I can read up on these mystical creatures? :)

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This is my favourite bat group website

http://www. warksbats. co. uk/?path=~/aboutus/home. aspx

and this is useful

http://www. bio. bris. ac. uk/research/bats/britishbats/

there are websites with sound samples.

Best book

The Bats of Europe and North America

The Bat Detective, a well written booklet and sound CD

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Must admit we have been fascinated by the bats at a couple of sites we have stayed at.

The last site had the biggest bats. Sorry I can't tell one from the other but they were about the size of Starlings.

We found a nice opening in the woods and stayed there for an hour watching them, a couple of times they made contact by clipping the top of our heads. We would have stayed longer but lost the light to see them so can't wait to return there.

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That is one of those moments when the bats "see" something new

and fly around echolocating to build up a picture of what it is, in this

case You!

I have taken people on bat walks and the childrens faces when this

happens and they can hear the bats "voices" they just light up :D

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JdDerek. ..................... it's Honks brother!! :D :D

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I quite often see bats hanging about when I am working. Once you get your eye in, it is surprising how many there are in some underground places. They are quite fussy though and sites must be not too draughty or too wet or too dry etc, etc.

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I quite often see bats hanging about when I am working. Once you get your eye in, it is surprising how many there are in some underground places. They are quite fussy though and sites must be not too draughty or too wet or too dry etc, etc.

You are very lucky to see them, just bear in mind that

from October on they will be looking for somewhere to

hibernate (torpor) any disturbance, lights even your

body heat can disturb this sleep and cause them to use

precious stored energy to wake fully and move about.

http://www. bats. org. uk/pages/a_year_in_the_life_of_a_bat. html

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They are quite common in old mines, we find them often. We do not disturb them.

Over the years we have made a lot of money fitting bat grills to mine entrances!

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