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via mobile 01/5/2024 at 7:21am
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Must get a detector, as we had the usual pipistrelles last night and also some larger ones. Hoping to see them and swallows at Marlborough and Bourton on the Water which is our next trip.


via mobile 01/5/2024 at 8:49am
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Quote: Originally posted by Hedgehugger on 30/4/2024
Usually I see a few pipistrelles over the garden but it's been cold and windy lately; perhaps they'll comeout soon, as it's becoming milder. Those Greater Horseshoes sound pretty spectacular, Devonatheart!



Some good stuff on You Tube, search “Bats Buckfastleigh” or “Greater Horseshoe Bat Research” You would be surprised how big they are. 👍


via mobile 01/5/2024 at 8:56am
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Quote: Originally posted by franbee on 30/4/2024
I wonder if they were the type of bat we saw when we had a holiday cottage at Hallsands. There was a single track road leading down to the beach, we called it 'bat alley', as every evening they came out in hordes. We used to take the (young) children out to see them.



There are around 12 species of Bat found in Devon, so not sure what they would be, but GHBs are big. Interesting place is Hallsands, a bit of history there for sure.


via mobile 01/5/2024 at 9:08am
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We have a little piece of land on the edge of open Moorland in the Dartmoor National Park surrounded by woodland, and has a good sized pond. We use it for camping, picnics and teaching the grand kids to appreciate nature, it is our very own bit of heaven within heaven, never seeing another human being.

We would normally have a camp fire going for cooking and a bit of warmth in the evenings, and always see the odd bat. But one evening the weather was not playing ball, so we did not bother with the fire and sat just inside our tent porch. The amount of Bats we saw was simply amazing! I guess having a fire going puts off the insects the Bats feed on, so normally just see the odd few, but we saw hundreds that evening.

That same night a Tawney Owl had decided to kick their young out of a nearby nest, have you ever heard the noise a couple of young, newly homeless, Tawney’s make! With that and Roe Deer mooching around, and Vixens calling,how is one supposed to sleep……..Nature eh! 🤷


01/5/2024 at 5:28pm
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Your little patch of land sounds wonderful - good tip about doing without the fire to encourage the beasties! The first swallows have been seen coming into Wirral now, so I look forward to seeing and hearing them around. I'll check out the bat action on Youtube. My daughter acquired a large bat in the bottom tray of the pushchair in the (free flying) bat house of Chester Zoo once; she forgotten she'd put her toddler's banana skin down there! A member of staff sorted it out for her.

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via mobile 01/5/2024 at 6:01pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Hedgehugger on 01/5/2024
Your little patch of land sounds wonderful - good tip about doing without the fire to encourage the beasties! The first swallows have been seen coming into Wirral now, so I look forward to seeing and hearing them around. I'll check out the bat action on Youtube. My daughter acquired a large bat in the bottom tray of the pushchair in the (free flying) bat house of Chester Zoo once; she forgotten she'd put her toddler's banana skin down there! A member of staff sorted it out for her.



First Swallow landed here about two weeks ago, nice to hear they are up at your end. Great bat story! 👍😂


02/5/2024 at 8:34am
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We leave the old bat at home as she is too noisy and thinks she is Mrs bucket!



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