Noctule Bat
Nyctalus noctula


Photographer

Dick Newell

Date

6th May 01

Location

Chippenham, Cambs

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This Noctule Bat was found hanging 2 feet up on a Beech Tree on 4th May by Sean Newell. It is alive, breathing, moves its head and opens its eyes, but makes no sound on a bat detector.
Postscript: suspecting that the bat was not in the best of health, a bat specialist, Chris Vine, chairman of the Cambridgeshire Bat Group, took it away and, after feeding on meal-worms and drinking lots of water, it made a full recovery and was released back into the wild on 9th May. Probable cause: coming out of hibernation at the same time as some very cold weather.


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