NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2016

 

Dear Friends,
Thank you for your continued support.
As in every year our much loved ‘licensed educational’ bats have made very successful visits to schools, groups and fundraising events, prompting curiosity and admiration.
However, although we have lost some stalwart supporters, we are very grateful to those who are still able to give crucial support not only to time consuming care of the rescued bats, but also prepare them for release with regular flight experience. They also give freely of their time to share their passion and knowledge at fundraisers.
It has been another busy summer with several exciting events.

Highlights of summer 2016
The outside flight at Headquarters was completed as a useful soft release when required. This was no minor task as it has to be meticulously checked to ensure bats are unable to escape or damage themselves, but enable flying insects around the pond and plants next to it to enter for feeding practice. This has been furnished with a successful super apex roofed roost designed and built by a student.
Two of the young hand reared Serotines have flown off to the wild on soft release. Soft release enables the bats to return to the flight to feed, find water and a safe roost if they need it. The flight will be accessible to them through the winter should they wish to return. The remaining two will be tried again next spring as they did not choose to leave while there were still plenty of insects about to feed on.
We had a number of bat pups in again, although many were successfully returned to their Mums at their roosts on the evening after being found. So rewarding to watch!
Pup ‘Buzz’ was found in an office which had had recent maintenance with presumably the roost above. Mum did not show up when we took her pup back the same evening, and again the following evening, as the pup was not calling this would not have helped. ‘Buzz’ had to be hand raised, and was joined by ‘Pip’ another local pup found in another office building a few miles away having suffered a cat attack.
For rehabilitation we decided to put the two pups together and they grew on up together as both were Soprano pipistrelles. They were eating independently by the end of July on Mini mealworms, topped up twice a day with Goat's colostrum. Growing at 0.5mm per day and putting on weight. By early August they were flying well, and catching midges in the outside flight and were both ready for release by 12th August. We decided to take them back to their respective roosts the same night for release as the weather was forecast to be settled for a while by night. ‘Buzz’ was possibly met by Mum, or a close relative, and they flew off to feed in the woods opposite together. ‘Pip’ was released back at the office building which has had a reasonable Soprano pipistrelle roost for many years, and was greeted by another bat and together flew off strongly around the building.

We received a phone call from the duty Manager of the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne in September, where a Daubentons bat had taken to roost on the top of one of the inside doors, and he was concerned for her as the venue would be open later that evening. It turned out to be a young female born in the summer, but she had been cat attacked and was suffering from septicemia. She would have died without treatment. She was collected and given antibiotics along with plenty of nutrition which enabled her to make a full recovery. The decision was made to release her at the Mill from whence she should find her way back to her roost, as it is so close to the Theatre. She flew off strongly to continue her life in the wild fit and healthy again. Well done Tivoli staff for being so observant to notice her, and seeking expert help.
There are a lot of bats around Wimborne Town Centre as the river Allen flows through. We get calls every year, and this year was no exception as an earlier call was for a Soprano pipistrelle which turned up in an art class in the mill cat attacked, but released back out again after treatment.

The latest bat brought in by the RSPCA from Wimborne is another young female Daubentons with a touch of rickets which has been given extra calcium to see if she can rectify the curves in her bones. It is a mystery as to how she came to exist with such rickets, as she was very maturely developed, but could not fly. Our vet David Holah recommended treatment, which was successful and she has been released in Wimborne, just before the cold weather came, with plenty of fat on her for the winter months ahead.
This summer we were invited to attend the enjoyable Garden Party in Redhill (which raises funds for various animal rescue charities), Kingston Maurward College events in the Animal Park and Margaret Green Animal Rescue events at Church Knowle. These were all very busy days for the educational bats and the volunteers did not stop answering questions. The licensed educational bats in attendance prove to be very popular and always trigger peoples curiosity into learning more about them, and the important role our bats play in keeping insect numbers down. We are very grateful to these venues for enabling us to continue to teach the public more about bats, while dispelling the myths which sadly surround bats, giving ba
d publicity which they do not deserve



New born Pipistrelle Pup less than 24 hrs old

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Thank you for all you do and your interest in helping EDBRR’s prime objective to return compromised bats to the wild fit and well where they belong - to hopefully live long and productive lives.

 

 

 

 

NEWSLETTER SPRING 2015


This time last year we had no idea what a busy year 2014 was going to be. EDBRR dealt with 151 bats last year, with a range of species and injuries. It was a year of brilliant highs and sad lows for us. Cats were still responsible for many bat casualties – 60% of bats were brought to us with bite or claw injuries from cats last year! We had one Brown Long Eared female caught on a fly fishing hook from Wimborne, who had obviously recently given birth given that she was lactating when brought to us. We’re pleased to say that on the way to the vet she managed to remove the hook from her mouth of her own accord and after a short course of antibiotics was released successfully, hopefully to find her pup and the rest of her roost. All in all, 49% of our bats last year were released or retained over Winter to release later this year.


Here are the usual figures for the bats we received last year:

BAT SPECIES                                                                                   NUMBER ADMITTED
SP Pipistrelle                                                                                            3
Common Pipistrelle                                                                                50
Soprano Pipistrelle                                                                                 53
Nathusius Pipistrelle                                                                                 5
Brown Long-Eared                                                                                 19
Whiskered                                                                                               4
Serotine                                                                                                  7
Barbastelle                                                                                              1
Noctules                                                                                                  2
Natterers                                                                                                  5
Daubentons                                                                                             2
Total:                                                                                                   151


Our Serotines

With next year marking a decade of bat care for us, we hope to have an exciting (but slightly quieter!) year in 2015. The coming months hold some interesting events for us: with the proper licenses issued, as soon as our six Serotines are out of hibernation and we’re happy that they can fly well enough to survive in the wild we will be releasing them and radio-tracking where they end up to make sure that they can survive. The six Serotines (Handsome, Billy Bunter, Brad Pitt, Toni and Amber) came to us over 2012 and 2013 as young pups abandoned or injured and were hand raised by us to become beautiful young adults. Since they were placed together as pups they have formed a tight roost together and as the maternity roosts have long since disbanded and don’t guarantee to accept the youngsters when they turn up as adults we are carrying out this landmark new study to find out whether hand reared adults have the necessarily skills and fitness to survive when released together, and whether they do stay together or they go on to find new roosts. We’ll keep you posted on the response, and anyone who would like to lend a hand (no specialist knowledge required) we’d love to hear from you!







Verity and Austin are two bats who came to us as pups who needed hand rearing last year. Verity was the first Serotine pup of the year. She came to us from Verwood and was only a couple of weeks old when she arrived. When we collected her we found that her wings were full of tiny holes and old scar tissue, and we realized that she had probably been bullied in the roost and eventually ostracized. Alone, weak and hungry, she eventually dropped from the roost to the ground below. The owner of the house found her and called us. We’re pleased to say that her wounds healed and she grew to be a strong, healthy bat. When we were sure that she could fly and was old enough to survive on her own, we successfully released her back at her home roost and she flew off happily.
Austin came to us from Oakford Fitzpaine. He was found by a little boy also called Austin who managed to make sure he was contained and got an adult to phone us. Austin (the bat) was old enough to begin flying and we believe that it was on one of his test flights that he was caught by a cat. He suffered claw wounds to his upper back and swelling to his left forearm. We were concerned that he had broken a bone but luckily it turned out to be badly bruised. It took him quite a while to heal and be strong enough to fly, but three months after he came to us Austin was successfully released back home. Hand rearing pups is always an emotional and exhausting experience, but we can’t say how wonderful it is to see our little ones fly off back to the wild where they belong.
Adopt-a-Bats
It’s been a year of change for our licensed educational bats this year. We are very sad to report that we lost our Common Pipistrelle Bilbo to a deep infection which stubbornly resisted all the treatment we gave him. We were very sad to lose such a wonderful little bat. In more positive news Pippin, Matilda and Merlin have joined the ranks of the adopt-a-bats. Pippin is a Common Pipistrelle who was attacked by a cat in Ringwood and had to have part of his wing amputated. He can’t fly any more so there was no chance of releasing him but he settled quickly into captivity and is now pain free and able to function well, so it was decided that he would stay with us as a licensed educational bat rather than euthanize him. Merlin and Matilda are both Brown Long-Eareds who were cat attacked too severely to be able to fly again, but like Pippin have a good enough quality of life and have adapted so well to captivity that we feel it is better to keep them on as educational bats.
If you’d like to adopt one of our licensed educational adopt-a-bats for £24 a year (or £2 a month), please feel free to request a leaflet which contains the form and a short description of the bats.

As the season gets underway, you can follow us on our Facebook page (East Dorset Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation) to get all the latest bat updates and news!









NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2014


Dear Friends,

What a busy year 2014 has been! It’s already been our busiest ever, and it isn’t over yet! So far we
have dealt with nearly 150 bats. We’ve had many successes, and some sad moments too. We’ve
looked after over 30 pups and juveniles this year, although sadly a couple were lost to injuries or
illness sustained prior to their admission. Pipistrelles which came in with broken forearms were
successfully released after pinning by our inventive and skilled vet David Holah at Piddle Valley
Vets. We’ve also continued to have big success with healing membrane tears (some quite large!) in
bats wings, tails and ears this year. Sadly bats stop healing by October and will not heal now until
March when wounds will naturally heal in weeks again. This means that Deardri, a Brown Long-
Eared who has a small hole in her ear which may be affecting her echolocation, will be over-
Wintering with us until she heals up.


Thank You

We’d like to thank all our supporters this year who have kindly donated to help us continue our
work here at the bat rescue, and all the schools and groups who have invited us along to give talks
about the secret world of bats and also about the work we do, or hold stalls educating people about
bats and selling our merchandise to raise money. We’re so grateful to you all! We couldn’t operate
without your help. We’re available throughout the Winter months and often during the Spring and
Autumn to give talks to schools and groups of adults or children, so if you or anyone you know
would be interested in hearing us speak about these wonderful little creatures, don’t hesitate to give
us a call! Our Adopt-a-bat scheme is also a nice way to raise money to help us look after the bats
that come to us – and you get a certificate, a picture of your chosen bat, a pen or car sticker and
these twice-yearly newsletters for it. If you know anyone for whom this would make a great present,
or if you’d like to adopt a bat yourself, we’d love to hear from you.


Flights

EDBRR now has three flights in which we can rehabilitate our bats, two of which have kindly been
sponsored by The Watercress Company and the RSPCA, but they are not quite ready for use yet.
These are purpose built enclosures similar to bird aviaries in which bats can fly and get ready for
release. We’re looking for anyone who enjoys DIY to spare an hour or two to help us bolt, tack,
staple gun and mesh them together! Tasty nibbles and light-hearted conversation will be provided. If
you’re interested, please give us a call (07746 743221) or drop us an email (edbrr.bats@gmail.com).
These flights will make such a difference to us once they’re up and running. They will be places
where bats who need to build up muscle can exercise, where pups can learn to fly, and where our
bats can become re-accustomed to the elements before we release them. With the flights we can be
more certain than ever that bats are ready to be released and will be able to survive in the wild,
catch their own food and fly for sustained periods of time. We’re really looking forward to being
able to provide these facilities for our bats, but we need your help to do it!

Betty!



This is Betty, a newborn Soprano Pipistrelle pup who arrived on the 1st of July this year from Fonthill Bishop. She was clearly only a few hours old when she reached us and had not even been fed by her mother. We believe that she may have been abandoned because she was premature and/or possibly born as one of a set of twins. When she arrived she weighed just 1.1g and her internal organs could be seen through her skin. She was immediately given electrolytes and then fed on a mixture of goat’s colostrum, Burp (medication for cattle with bloat) and electrolytes every 3 hours. She grew at 1mm a day but stopped when we switched her over to goat’s milk as it was too thick for her little stomach to absorb. We put her back on the mix with Burp and electrolytes to prevent bloating. She was given Thiamin to encourage growth so that milk could be absorbed when she was bigger. By 11 days old she was taking innards of mealworm as well as goat’s milk. Eventually we weaned her off the milk and she began self feeding mealworms with the other pups. When she was strong enough, she was released back into her active roost. She was met excitedly by many of the roost bats and they communicated continually while she was prepared for release, and then she flew with them up and down between the buildings with the security lights attracting insects for them all to feed on.

Want To Help?

We’re always looking for more bat carers. EDBRR is one of the largest bat rescues in the south of England and with the number of bats we receive increasing every year, it’s hard to keep up sometimes! We’re looking for more carers from all areas of Dorset to help us take in and care for our batty friends, and more people who can pick up bats and bring them to us when we get a call about a bat in distress. Bat care is such a rewarding and enjoyable thing to do, and it takes us on hundreds of small adventures every year finding bats in distress, rescuing and rehabilitating them and finally reuniting them with their roosts. Whether you have anything from a couple of hours a year to a couple of days a week that you could spare helping us save our batty friends, we’d love to hear from you. We can provide training and experience handling and caring for bats and in no time at all you can be the next bat man or woman!



NEWSLETTER SPRING 2014


Contact:      07746 743221



Dear Friends,



What a busy year 2013 was! EDBRR had a total of 127 bats
pass through our doors. Despite the beautiful weather last summer, we believe
that the cold spring and the preceding winter meant that there were not enough
insects around for our little friends to eat when they emerged from hibernation
last March, which may have contributed to the high numbers.



Here's our usual breakdown of the species we had in:

 BAT SPECIES
 NUMBER ADMITTED
SP pipistrelle 4
Common pipistrelle
43
Soprano pipistrelle 41
Nathusius pipistrelle 5
Brown Long -Eared 12
Grey Long-Eared 1
Whiskered 2
Serotine 15
Barbastelle 1
Natterers 1
Daubentons 2
Total- 127



Release of Bats

Cassius Clay, the star of our last newsletter, was
successfully released last month. He was very happy when he realised that he
was home and was off quick as a shot to find his favourite roosting places.
With the nice weather we’ve been able to release several other inpatients too,
including two Brown Long-Eareds, one adult and one juvenile, who were disturbed
by builders as they hibernated together last December. Bats that are disturbed
whilst hibernating are always tricky even though they had no injuries and we were
relieved to be able to successfully release them this April.

 

Talks and Stalls

It’s shaping up to be a good year with EDBRR being invited
to give talks in lots of different places. We really enjoy sharing our
knowledge and experience with the public and showing them the licensed
educational bats who are the stars of our talks. Educating people about bats is
one of our most important goals as it is one way we can help ensure the
survival of the bat population. If you’re a member of a group or school, or you
know someone who is, we’d be happy to come and visit you! Alternatively, keep
an eye on our Facebook page for details of upcoming events we will be present
at – we hope to see you there!



Nora Batty




Copyright Beatrice Dopita 2014






This is Nora, a little Common pipistrelle that came in to us
from Lymington. She was caught by a bird of prey whose talon went right through
her back. The bird dropped her in a school playground and luckily a very caring
little boy spotted her and made sure nobody stood on her whilst the school
phoned us. We weren’t sure that she was going to make it with such a big wound,
but we got her to the vet who glued the wound closed. Little Nora didn’t like
having a great big lump of glue on her back and actually bit through the
section of membrane connecting her leg to her wing just so she could reach back
and scratch at it; so after a week of healing it was time to remove the
remaining glue surgically. After that we used medical grade Manuka honey to
keep any infection out of the wound while it healed. She liked the taste of it
when she groomed herself, but unfortunately the honey also meant that Nora lost
all the fur on her back! She's definitely been through the mill, but she is
healing very nicely and we hope that once her fur grows back we will be able to
release her. She is a lovely little bat with a big personality who has won all
our hearts.

Flights




Copyright Beatrice Dopita 2014

We’ve been busy at the new flight getting it secure so that
it can house our Serotines before we radio-track them. Work is going well
despite a run of bad luck and we hope to have it finished in the next couple of
weeks. Then it’ll be time to begin work on our flight at HQ! This is a smaller
flight we have built to house and fly Pipistrelles and Long-Eareds. That will
bring our total of flights up to four (including the existing flight which will
be used for pups when they’re ready to learn to fly), which is very exciting!



Radio-Tracking

This year sees us embark on an exciting project as we
release and radio-track our Serotines. The seven Serotines will, with any luck,
be released from HQ and tracked by a team of volunteers.







 

































NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2013

Dear Friends,



Thank you to everyone who has helped raise funds for the bat rescue, we are
very grateful to all.  It has been another unexpectedly busy season
despite the better weather this summer.  The long cold spring was the cause,
with the most bats ever being brought in during the period of January to June
this year. To date we have had 108 bats go through rescue and rehab so far and as a
result have been stretched to the limit!




Flight Update


The flight for the larger bats is nearing completion: in fact we are using it for
flying some of our bigger bats, but it is not secure enough currently to house the bats unattended and more work on the security, electrics and water supply are still to be completed this winter.  A new smaller bat flight is now in situ at HQ, which needs furnishing before it can be used by the small bats.  We are very excited to have both
of these flights in progress and once they are finished we believe they will
make a real difference to our bat friends.




Release of Bats



After our successful release of  Ianto last Autumn we were very pleased to
get another serotine (Warrior) back to the wild afterhe recovered from pesticide poisoning. Judith - the lady who found  him -was contacted and she joined us for the big release.  Warrior flew off strongly thanks to the practice he was able to have in the large flight to build up his fitness, and when we arrived at the release site he definitely knew he was home.  This has given us great hope for our hand reared juvenile serotines who are to be radio-tracked in our research project taking place in Spring/Summer next year. 
We also have a young male noctule who was born in captivity in Devon/Cornwall
and passed to us for rehabilitation and eventual release. I'm sure you will
hear more about him in another newsletter.



Night of the Storm Bat(28.10.13)





This soprano pipistrelle is one of our most recent residents.  We
believe he roosted up  in the cliff at Golden Cap to escape the bad
weather and was washed out onto the beach by the storm and covered
 in oily mud, as you can see by the picture.  He was cleaned up but
managed to ingest someof the oil from the mud which has caused liver
damage.  Luckily with medication he should make a full recovery.




Bat Pups



We have had a very successful year hand rearing our tiny bat pups and for the first time in several yearshave not lost a single one to feeding problems. We have been trialing the use of goats' cholostrum from a local farm and this appears to have made a real difference to the health of our pups.  The smallest pup was brought to us days old and weighing just 1.5 grams, and has now been successfully released back into the wild.



Fund-raising



I
f you can help in any way please call 07746 743221. 
We  are still collecting Jigsaw puzzles, paperback novels and childrens toys and books but no clothes.  The new adopt-a-bat scheme has had a very successful first year, with adopters from as far afield as Dubai!  If you or someone you know would like to
adopt a bat please contact us.  The busy year has proved to us that we are woefully short of volunteers, so please if you can help in any way either with helping at our HQ,
running event stalls or fund-raising in any way, from coffee mornings to collecting and crushing aluminium cans for us it would be greatly appreciated.




NEWSLETTER SPRING 2013

Dear Friends
Thank you to everyone who have helped raise funds for the bat rescue.
We are very grateful to all.  We would like to express our sympathy to
Rose's family (One of our can crushing duo who sadly died last December),
and a big thank you to Ann who is carrying on with the can crushing for us. 
We had a number of very generous donations last year which have kept us
financially secure and enabled us to continue running our mission of helping
bats in trouble.


The Stats for rescued bats during 2012 are as follows:-

Soprano Pips...........45
Common Pips.........40
Nathusius Pip ….......1
SP pipistrelle............3
Whiskered.................5
Serotine.....................8
Brown Long Eared..17
Grey Long Eared.......3
Natterers....................1
Bechstein..................3
Noctule.....................1
Brants........................1

Of these 129 bats, 26 were pups .  Due to the very wet cool weather
during June/July, at maternity time we had  more pups in than ever
before needing 3 hourly feeds.  No sooner had they all been fed it
was time to start again.  Bats were released in Spring 2012 which had
overwintered.  The winter of 2012 – 2013 saw us with 10 bats in care and
15 rescues already this year, which was by far our busiest winter to date.
This has cost a lot more than other winters but some bats can now be
released as the warmer weather starts to arrive.  So far we have released
43% back into the wild and with the ones overwintering this figure could rise
to 51%.


Ceva Awards for Animal Welfare–

We were very pleased to be nominated this year  under the category of UK 

Animal Welfare volunteers where we were finalists, and also our Vet

(David Holah of Piddle Valley Vets) was nominated under the category of

Vet of the Year, where he also was a finalist.


News on Ianto

Remember Ianto from the Autumn Newsletter, he was the Serotine
who had ingested a pesticide and was in a  very sorry state. 
He recovered very well and was released at the end of September after 3
months of intensive treatment and rehabilitation.  Incidently, when he was
released back at the villlage he was found in, he obviously knew where he
was as he flew off determinedly and all the security lights came on as he
passed through the village on his triumphant return attracting a supply of insects..


Fund-raising

We are looking for volunteers to help with fund raising for the bats.
(Could you hold a coffee morning)?  If you can help in any way please
call 07746 743221.  We are still collecting Jigsaw puzzles, DVDs, Books
and good condition saleable car boot items but not clothes please.  We
have now introduced an adopt a Bat scheme. 
Our main use of funds this year, apart from ongoing costs like vets,
food and rescue expenses will be to furnish our large outdoor flight, build
another smaller flight at our HQ and pay for radio tracking of at least one of
our big bats, who was born in captivity, when we release him from our large
flight, (if he will go), later on this year.


So there are exciting times ahead, and Dorset could soon be one of the front
runners in Bat rescue and care with the planned improved facilities and the
work that our generous Exotics Vet expert, David Holah Bsc.CertZooMed.MRCVS and
his nursing team at Piddle Valley Vets, Puddletown, to whom we cannot thank
enough for their care, skills and support. 
The bats could not have a better chance of recovery and eventual return
to the wild.










NEWSLETTER AUTUMN 2012
Dear Friends



Thank you to everyone who has helped raise funds for the bat rescue. We are very grateful
to you all. We could never have envisaged the weather to cause so many
problems for bats in 2012. Much wildlife has suffered as a consequence
of the wet cool conditions in June and July this year. Bats have been
pouring into the rescue since the first week of June and the admittance
numbers only beginning to slow down in late September with 129 bats
through so far. This is 150% more than our annual number of bats in our
previous busiest year. A number of bat carers have retired due to ill
health and age and we have been non stop all summer. We have been flying
the bats most nights through the summer and well into the autumn to
exercise them at our temporary site while we wait to hear news of the
new flight build promised.

The pups have been born at least a month late with many late pups coming
into care. Six Serotine pups will be overwintering with us which are
large bats with huge appetites to have to feed through the winter. The
good news is that over 50% of the bats which have come through have been
released back into the wild with those overwintering expected to be
released back out late next spring that percentage of success will rise.



Ianto on arrival





Ianto after 3 weeks

Ianto is a Serotine who was found on the ground covered in a sticky tree sap. He is thought to have consumed pesticide sprayed insects. He lost most of his fur and developed sore skin as the chemicals worked their way through his body. His liver finally
recovered, fur grew back, wing tears from scratching healed and he was released
back out into the night sky from the garden where he was found 3 months later
having fully recovered. We had a number of bats with pesticide poisoning this summer
but only a few survived the horrific effects.

It has been rewarding to see the pups of this year be reunited by their roosts and
being met and guided by their lost families on their return. Several times
onlookers were having to duck as Mums came to greet their lost now grown up pups
which were about to be released as flying insect catching young bats.

Many bats were found too late to reverse the starvation or septicaemia effects of
cat attacks unfortunately. The sooner we receive a grounded or sick bat the
quicker and greater it's chances are of a full recovery.

Fund-raising

We are collecting cans and metal for recycling which has enabled us to purchase a gazebo
for our fund raising educational stalls, pay the very fairly priced vet bills and feed so many bats back to health. We are looking for volunteers to help with fund raising for the bats. If you can help in any way please call 07746743221.

We are still collecting Jigsaw puzzles, DVDs, Books and good condition saleable
car boot items but not clothes please. Several coffee mornings have been held
to raise funds by generous people along with a number of generous donations. We
need to fund the furnishing of the flight and if next year is as busy or busier
than this we need some serious fund-raising to continue to help the bats in
Dorset and surrounding counties.
So there are exciting times ahead, and Dorset will soon be one of the front
runners in Bat rescue in the U.K and care with the planned improved facilities
and the work that our generous Exotics Vet expert, David Holah
Bsc.CertZooMed.MRCVS and his nursing team at Piddle Valley Vets, Puddletown
(which opened last Summer), to whom we cannot thank enough for their care,
skills and support, the bats could not have a better chance
of recovery and eventual return to the wild.



SPRING NEWSLETTER 2012

Dear Friends



Thank you to everyone who have helped raise funds for the bat rescue. 
We are very grateful to all.  A huge thanks goes to Ann and Rose for
their sterling work in crushing cans.

We had a number of very generous donations last year which have kept us
financially secure to continue running our mission of helping bats in
trouble.

The Licensed educational bats attended 35 talks or day events last year, raising

awareness and the rescue bats that came through in 2011 are:-







Soprano Pips...........35



Common Pips.........11



Nathusius Pip ….......1



Whiskered.................1



Serotine.....................1



Brown Long Eared....4



Natterers.....................1



 



Of these 53 bats, 22 were pups and 25 were released so far, as some are still overwintering.  Due to the very wet cool weather during June/July,
at maternity time we had more pups in than ever before needing 3 hourly
feeds.  No sooner had they all been fed it was time to start again. 
Bats were released in Spring 2011 which had overwintered. 
The winter of 2011 – 2012 saw us with 16 bats in care which was by far
the busiest winter.  This has cost a lot more than other winters but 6 bats have now been released with more to follow.

We are hopeful we may have secured a site and sponsor towards a large flight where the bats can finish their rehabilitation and therefore be fitter for release.  If all goes to plan  we hope to be able to use part of the flight for a 'soft release' site, this is a gentle  way of
releasing bats or pups that have come in via outside agencies and have
no record of where they were found, so we
cannot release them back to their colonies. 

The importance of this came to light last year when 48 pups and two
adults were found in a box dumped in a field in Wiltshire, these pups
can be hand reared, taught to catch their own food and suitable roosting
sites and then placed in a smaller flight with access to the outside
world as well as having the luxury of food and roosting within the
safety of the flight should
they need it, the bats then come and go until they are truly
re-integrated into the wild.  Bats are close knit social creatures and it's very difficult for them when they have lost their family.  This way any lost bats can get used to a new family colony and hopefully gradually integrate.  Monitoring shows that this will enhance the bats
chances of survival.  It will still be our policy to release bats back at the site they were found except where we have no idea where they were found.  The site is ideal and we will let you know more as we progress with the sponsor.  This good news makes it
doubly
important to fund raise as the flight will need furnishing. 



WATCH THIS SPACE!!!

Fund-raising

We are still collecting cans for aluminium which has enabled us to purchase a
gazebo for our fundraising educational stalls and are looking for volunteers to
help with fundraising for the bats.  We are still collecting Jigsaw
puzzles, DVDs, Books and good condition saleable car boot items but not
clothes please.


So there are exciting times ahead, and Dorset could soon be one of the front
runners in Bat rescue and care with the planned improved facilities and the
work that our generous Exotics Vet expert, David Holah Bsc.CertZooMed.MRCVS and
his nursing team at Piddle Valley Vets, Puddletown (which opened last Summer),
to whom we cannot thank enough for their care, skills and support.  The
bats could not have a better chance of recovery and eventual return to
the wild.







NEWSLETTER SPRING 2011


Dear Friends

Thank you to those of you who have helped raise funds for the bats. We are very
grateful to all who collect and crush aluminium cans for us, especially to Ann
for crushing all the cans taken to her, also to Lorraine and her staff at 'Chords'. Last
year this raised £267. This money has assisted us with our vet's fees.

We are extremely grateful to our Vet David Holah and his team. The licensed
educational bats attended an open day at Lynwoods Veterinary Hospital, Wimborne late
last year where the public could meet a bat and learn all about them.

The Licensed educational bats attended 57 talks or day events during 2010 making it
their busiest year yet. These events always draw a crowd of curious people who
in the main, leave with a more positive outlook and understanding about our
bats. The bats have settled into a routine for these events and talks and seem
to take it all in their stride.



2010 started quietly with a few bats coming in, but all was to change due to a hot
June where cats were out and about in the evenings (cats can hear bats in their
roosts in buildings and trees). Consequently half the bats which passed through
EDBRR were cat attacked, and only 50% of these were fit enough to be returned
to the wild. Unfortunately, septicaemia is a big problem after a cat attack, so
it is very important for a bat to be seen within 12 hours of the attack for any
chance of a recovery.


A total of 52 bats came through East Dorset Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation in

2010.



Soprano pipistrelle.................................20



Common pipistrelle...............................19



Nathusius pipistrelle................................3



Brown Long-eared...................................7



Serotine....................................................1



Whiskered................................................1



Bechstein.................................................1



5 of these bats were pups of which 3 were released back out to their colonies,
however 2 died due to delays in our receiving of them. Pups need feeding every
two hours and are very demanding, but do grow to full independence in 6 – 8
weeks.
We unusually took in 3 Nathusius pipistrelles last autumn whilst migrating who got
caught out in very wet windy weather.


One bat was unfortunately caught by a cat, made a full recovery over 6 weeks and
released then a month later the cat caught the same bat which we identified by
a ring, this bat made himself quite at home on his second visit, as he was
found sound asleep in his food dish a practise he had taken to doing on his
first stay with us. On investigation at his second release we found the cats of
the first floor flat were allowed through a cat flap onto the roof where the
roost was located. We asked the cat owners if they could lock the cats in for 2
hrs at dusk and this has prevented any further casualties thus far.



Fund-raising



We are able to be booked for talks with the educational bats. Help with
fund-raising is always appreciated. We welcome donations of paperback novels,
DVDs, good children's books, toy, games and complete jigsaw puzzles for fund
raising events. We also collect aluminium and printer/toner cartridges to help
raise funds. If you can help or would like a talk please ring 07746 743221



NEWSLETTER  AUTUMN 2010


To date we have had 49 bats in for care this year, making it our busiest
year so far. Sadly we have had a lot of cat attacks probably due to the
dry warm first part of the summer. These bats have had to stay in for
long lengths of healing time before release back into the wild where
possible. We are exceedingly grateful for the generous time and skills
of our vet David Holah who has mastered cutting edge techniques which
are enabling bats to be returned to the wild which would probably have
been euthanased a year ago. Our thanks go to the whole team at Lynwood
Veterinary Group at Wareham for their support with caring for these
bats.






One Serotine hand reared last summer has remained with us and joined the
educational bats due to hormone problems which left him with bald
patches. He has been fed a mealworm with primrose oil on it every few
days and his fur has grown back normally with the oil in his diet.

See photos below-


  Before

                                  and after   


Fundraising

 
 
We are able to be booked for talks with the educational bats. Help with
fund-raising is always appreciated. We welcome donations of novels,
DVDs, good children's books, toy, games and complete jigsaw puzzles for
fund raising events. We also collect aluminium and printer/toner
cartridges to help raise funds. Please call 07746 743221 to arrange a
convenient time.
 
We  would like to thank everyone who has supported in raising funds this
year as we are still wishing to build a large flight to rehabilitate
bats outside.






Newsletter 2010
 
Thank you to all of our supporters in 2009.



We are fund-raising hard for a very large flight to enable us to exercise the larger bats properly outside before release. This last year we had 15% of our bats taken requiring such a facility and there is not such a flight in Dorset. ( a flight is like an aviary but designed and meshed to be suitable for bats.) We have a smaller flight which has been used throughout the Summer and Autumn by the smaller bats before their release. It is very important for young bats that come in, to adapt to wind, rain and the outside climate before release to have a successful outcome. They need to learn to cope with the outside environment and feed themselves on live insects. A suitable location for placing the flight is also being sought in or around the Poole area, as this is the area where most of
the carers are based. If you may be able to help us in any way please docontact me.

Recycling Aluminium brought in £120 last year. A huge 'Thank You' to those of you who have been collecting your cans and foil for the bats. If it is possible for the cans to be squashed flat it would be extremelyhelpful, as can crushing takes up several hours a fortnight. We are also receiving a lot of cans which are steel. There is no value in the
steel cans. Steel cans are magnetic to a fridge magnet and these are brands such as : Pepsi, Tango, 7Up, Carling Black Label. If you are ableto reduce the number of steel cans we receive we would be very grateful. We are also able to take small electrical goods and strip themfor their metal value along with cableing etc. Copper is in these goods


We have had a fund raising stall out at some shows, car boots, and  Wimborne Market. These have been successful at raising funds. We take quality unwanted goods to sell on the stall.



One call for a tiny Soprano Pipistrelle Pup which was too young to fly which was found inside Sandford Middle School by the caretaker ended happily when he was released about 3 weeks later on the school field. The pup's Mum buzzed me as I held him waiting for any bat interest to be shown by a group of Soprano Pipistrelles feeding in the wooded edge of the field. The pup became very noisy with excitement. He was released and we stood with the caretaker and watched the 2 bats flying and feeding together happily for some time. The Pup had been bottle fed, introduced to meal worms, practised his flying and had been seen to catch insects on the wing before his release so that he could be
independent. What a privilege to release him back out and to his lost
family. An evening to be remembered! He had been in captivity for 3
weeks and his Mother still recognised his call! Amazing!



The licensed educational bats were kept busy attending 43 different
events last year. These varied from wood fairs, schools, colleges,
country shows and bat evenings, beaver and cubs, adult group meetings.
They converted a number of people's understanding of bats and educated
them too. This was their busiest year by far to date.




Bats Rescued in 2009



Brown Long eared 7



Grey Long eared 1



Common Pipistrelle 14



Soprano Pipistrelle 9



Serotine 6



Whiskered 3



Natterers 1



TOTAL 41 Bats.











2 Serotines are over wintering and should be released in the Spring of 2010



46% of bats taken in were released back where they had come from.



Bats can live from between an average of 7 years to 30 years depending on species.



There are 16 breeding species of bat in Dorset.





Hedgehogs Rescued in 2009



A total of 5 hedgehogs were rescued in 2009.



2 hedgehogs were released.



1 died hours after being brought in.



1 dead on collection.



1 over wintering for release in the Spring 2010 back at the site it was found underweight in December 2009.



We are very grateful to the skills and dedication of our vet David
Holah and his team. Without their knowledge and care a lot of bats would
not be out there eating insects for us tonight.





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