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Bats!


KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
25 Jul 2009 8:29AM
Does anyone out there know anything about bats?

Yesterday I noticed a Pipistrelle clinging to the north side of our house. Unfortunately the poor thing is still there this morning. It is breathing, but it's in reach of the farm cats and I'm afraid if it rains it'll get wet!

Should I move it? If so, where would be the best place?

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AlanPerkins 9 484 England
25 Jul 2009 9:52AM
I remember that a former colleague had to get a licence to handle pipistrelles - they're a protected species. It may be a good idea to contact the RSPCA and see what they have to say.
Sus e2
10 3.2k 9 England
25 Jul 2009 10:03AM
The Bat Conservation Trust have a helpline on their website:

0845 1300 228

They would probably be better first port of call than the RSPCA as they specifically deal with bats.

http://www.bats.org.uk/

There is also a forum you can join

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

(all new to me, haven't been on their webpage for a while!)

Good luck, off the top of my head I'd say don't worry about it getting wet, but if there is any way you can keep the cats away from it for a while, to give it a chance to recover, that would be a better option than moving it.
KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
25 Jul 2009 10:20AM
Thanks for the input! I shall try the BCT and see what they say! Smile
kaybee 10 4.0k 24 Scotland
25 Jul 2009 11:20AM
They will say "Do No Touch"
It is illegal to so much as touch any native bat without a licence
Fishnet e2
10 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2009 11:28AM
Jeremy Vine did a whole programe about bats once and you can't do anything to them at all, it's illegal, you can't move them, touch them or interfere in anyway with them.

There was a man who lived in a really old farmhouse and bats took over his entire loft to the point they were making his house unsafe and HE had to move out not the bats and obviously he couldn't sell his house either it was basically given over to the bats.
KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
25 Jul 2009 12:13PM
Yes, I knew it's illegal to move them, but that's when you are REmoving them, not saving them from cats!! I went out to check on it and it has gone - hopefully back to the colony. Thank you everyone for giving me some input! Smile
leeroe 12 231 England
25 Jul 2009 12:22PM
What sort of country do we live in ??? A man is oisted from his home because of flying mice ??

Preposterous to say the least

Lee
mad-dogs e2
12 2.2k England
25 Jul 2009 12:26PM
Call Batman on his Batphone!
Fishnet e2
10 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2009 12:53PM

Quote:What sort of country do we live in ??? A man is oisted from his home because of flying mice ??

Preposterous to say the least

Lee



His wife had a complete break down, very sad. I just can't believe bats have such a right over people when it comes to people's houses!
KarenFB 8 4.4k 163 England
25 Jul 2009 12:57PM
I agree! I wonder if the same rules and regs would be followed, if someone 'high up' with money were infested.
Fishnet e2
10 5.0k 5 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2009 1:11PM
Maybe Downing Street should 'suddenly' become infested with bats.....I have a cunning plan, mwaha-ha-ha-ha....
Cephus e2
10 2.2k England
25 Jul 2009 4:32PM

Quote:Maybe Downing Street should 'suddenly' become infested with bats.....I have a cunning plan, mwaha-ha-ha-ha....


They'd change the law to suit their circumstances.
After their holiday, of course.
leeroe 12 231 England
25 Jul 2009 4:48PM

Quote:Maybe Downing Street should 'suddenly' become infested with bats.....I have a cunning plan, mwaha-ha-ha-ha....



I really did PMSL on this one....FANTASTIC !!! when do we start ?


Lee
User_Removed 7 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2009 8:53PM
Just as an addendum to this. Bats carry Rabes. If you do have to handle one make sure you wear leather gloves to avoid the risk of being bitten.

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