Our first Bat Group event of 2013 was a flapping success! 11 of the BrumBats bat carers got together for a close encounter of the FURRED kind – a bat handling workshop! (Okay, I’ll stop the puns!) The event was aimed at giving some of the newly trained and newly recruited bat carers and ‘ambulance drivers’ some experience in handling bats before the season kicks off in March / April.
We don’t often have bats in at this time of the year, but because of the success we’ve had with hand-reared pups this year, we have seven over-wintering with us. So on Friday night, I brought Bella, Pippa, Winnie, Belfry, Dusty, Ron and Kimi with me, and everyone got the chance to handle some bats. Each trainee weighed a bat, examined wings, learned how to tell if the bats are male or female, and measure their forearms. To be honest, our bats are all quite healthy, which seems to go hand in hand with being uncooperative, but good old Bella and Belfry were by far the most tolerant bats, so everyone got a little practice in in preparation for the 2013 season.
We’ve got lots of good stuff in the pipeline for 2013 – so if you’d like to be involved with bat care, conservation work, bat box schemes, bat walks, talks and surveys, why not come along to a BrumBats meeting – you’ll find them on our calendar page!
– Morgan x