We had an extraordinary experience in the Deepdale car park yesterday. I saw a brown, very light shape flutter onto the public toilet slate roof. The ‘jizz’ wasn’t right for a butterfly or a leaf, and I was amazed to find it was a small bat, which then crawled down into the gutter. I guess it had been displaced or disoriented by the stormy night before. This was such an unusual opportunity for a photograph, I climbed up on the gate of the toilet and, using Lynn’s lighter camera in my left hand, I managed to take a couple of photos without disturbing it! It settled down, completely out of view, and we hope it revived enough to fly again in the evening. Pipistrelles are the most common UK bat, and common in most
parts of the world. Each one can eat 3,000 insects in one night! They are tiny and weigh around 3 grams, less than the weight of a pound coin. They suffered a shocking decline of 70% between 1978 and 1993, are now protected, and the Species Action Plan aims to restore their numbers to the pre-1970 population. They are active from dusk between March and November, and fly fast and erratically between 5 and 10 metres above the ground, along tree-lines, over water and near hedgerows. They roost and then hibernate in trees, bat-boxes and under tiles and crevices in buildings.We often get them flying over the garden, but not a view like this. Conditions: A cool day of sunshine and cloud and a stiff breeze. Temperature: Max 16- Min 10 C.