Most of the bat calls we get are pipistrelles, brown long eareds and the occasional Noctule. But yesterday Hedj went to pick up a bat and found to his ( and our) delight that it was a Natterer’a bat. This is the first time we have had a Natterer’s in care
This was probably another casualty of the prolonged cold weather There is no obvious sign of injury, but she is a bit underweight, weighing in at 6g. So Kel and Hedj will feed her up on mealworms- which she has taken to with great enthusiasm- before releasing her.
In “real life” Hedj is a professional photographer and he has taken some lovely pictures of his new charge. You can see more of them on the Bedfordshire Bat Group facebook page.
Update Tony who was a founder member of the bat group adds
I picked up a “baby and mother” from a house near Old Warden many years ago. Turned out to be a juvenile Natterer’s bat (the mother) and an adult pipistrelle (the baby). Can’t give you a date though. Have a look in the records – if you can’t find anything, then it would be the first official record.