Bats

For the past 3 summers (at least), we have had a regular visitor to our garden in the late evenings - a Pipistrelle bat.

I have to confess that I find it fascinating just to stand and watch this wonderful little creature flit around the garden, a few feet off the ground, catching insects.

It's interesting that it chooses to fly around our comparatively small garden rather than the neighbours - although it does occasionally fly an extended loop over the neighbouring gardens.

Sometimes a second Pipistrelle joins "ours" for a few seconds of flight which takes an extended path over several gardens and the field behind our garden, but they appear to be solitary hunters most of the time.

Pipistrelle's are a protected species in the UK - largely because of the decline in numbers thought to be due to intensive use of insectisides in farming; which means that if you find one in your loft/attic, you have to leave it alone.

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It's unlikely to be the same one each time as they tend to live in small colonies. I saw the first of them out and about in Feburary. There are lots of pipistrelles near us - on a good evening we'll get 10-15 of them flying laps round the gardens at the back - our living room is upstairs and I can guarantee seeing them zooming past the window come dusk. Of course, that's one of the benefits of living on the \*right\* side of the Pennines ;-)

Posted by Alan Burlison on June 08, 2005 at 10:49 AM BST #

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