With the bat mating season almost upon us, and the species soon to be seeking prime hibernation spots, the optimum time for Bat surveys is coming to a close. Thus, REC’s team of night owls (or Ecologists some might say), are working night and day to ensure that the species and their roosts are kept well protected, and as far away from harm as possible.
One Ecologist in particular, Andrea Cordon, has been working additionally hard to ensure that these endangered species are taken care of. A known bat fanatic (she’s been caught on the odd occasion wearing bat jumpers to work), Andrea is a registered injured bat carer and volunteers with her local bat group, South Lancashire (www.slbg.og.uk).
Some time ago, Andrea was contacted via South Lancashire’s helpline to attend to an injured bat. Brought in by a hungry but sheepish looking cat, a homeowner found the wounded creature in their house, and noticed that her wing was broken. Keeping the bat comfortable under standard procedure – in a box with some water and a tea towel – the finders kept her settled until Andrea could come to the rescue.
Wing Membrane on the mend
Now, if you’re cowering behind a cushion in suspense and fear by the way, not to worry – the bat doesn’t die – as five weeks later, Patrice (lovingly christened by Andrea) is making great progress. Recovering from a wing membrane injury, Patrice is moving from strength to strength and is now set to move to a new owner’s home where she can practice her flying technique and strengthen her wings. With all in hand, Patrice should then soon be able to fly the nest, and be released back into the wild. Well done to Andrea for her determination and hard work.
In the UK, the bat is a protected species, and it’s a legal requirement, as well as being a standard consideration of any planning application, to complete surveys and assessments for protected species before applications can be accepted. If you haven’t done your Bat Survey yet, and you need one, then now is the time it has to be done! For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0845 676 9303.
Likewise, if you find an injured / grounded bat in the South Lancashire/Manchester area, please contact the South Lancashire helpline on 0161 764 8850. Outside of this area, please phone the Bat Conservation Trust on 0345 1300 228, who will direct you to the closest bat carer.