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Post by bigyetiman » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:37 am

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We were bat detecting in the garden last night around the lake and had a good evening with the bats swooping around us, and picking up the calls with the bat detector. We had Pipistrelles, Daubenton's, Noctule and Long eared bat. Then Oh thought you might all like to see some close up pics of a Long eared bat we found dead on the drive last year
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Post by bigyetiman » Sat Mar 30, 2019 8:40 am

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for some reason one photo didn't attach so here it is. What amazing ears they have
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Post by LadyA » Sat Mar 30, 2019 10:18 am

Ooh, lucky you! I love bats. There aren't as many here as there used to be. I used to have loads. Now I don't see many at all. I don't have as many high trees, which is probably why.
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Post by Marigold » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:58 am

Most of the houses in our road were built over 50 years ago, and have bats in their roofs, including ours. We thought the droppings were mice, but our daughter, who has bats in her barn and has learned a lot about them, says that if the droppings can be crumbled in your fingers, they're bats, whereas mouse droppings are moister and don't crumble. We still see bats flying around on summer evenings, but far, far fewer than a few years ago - lack of moths due to impoverishment of insects is the most likely cause. I'm reading Wilding, by Isabella Tree, which has some horrifying statistics; since 1970, moths have declined by 88%, ground beetles by 72% and butterflies by 76%. There is currently yer another bid to build on part of the uncultivated Council field behind our house, the fourth such effort in the past 20 years - despite locals having successfully knocked the idea on the head several times. I'm all set to organise yet another campaign!
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Post by bigyetiman » Sun Mar 31, 2019 11:18 am

Good for you, I have just read Wilding, the statistics are appalling.
How lovely having bats in your roof, yes the droppings are dry and you don't get that smell you get with mice
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Post by Icemaiden » Sun Mar 31, 2019 8:54 pm

The problem, sadly, is that moths, beetles & butterflies don't pay council tax, whereas the people who buy (or rent) new houses will do. That's one of the reasons why councils grant planning permission for our precious green spaces :-(
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Post by LadyA » Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:16 am

Marigold wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:58 am
moths have declined by 88%, ground beetles by 72% and butterflies by 76%.
Oh, I think they are all here! :lol: Moths freak me out, but there are loads around here, every time I open a door on a Summer's evening, I end up with several in the house! We get beetles running around too. The shiny black ones, in various sizes.
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Post by Hen-Gen » Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:08 pm

And two new species recently discovered in the UK.
Alcathoe Bat and Brandt’s Bat.
Island of Fetlar, Shetland
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Post by bigyetiman » Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:15 pm

Thanks Hen-Gen will look them up.
Almost time to get the moth trap out that I bought OH as a Christmas present and leave out for the night.
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