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Brown Long Eared Bat

Observed: 13th September 2012 By: TarkajayTarkajay’s reputation in Mammals
Long Eared Bat

This bat was flying around my garden pond at 3pm on a bright sunny day. It eventually settled on my kitchen door and stayed there until I removed it to the safety of an open fronted wooden shed where it remained motionless for the next two days. I later found it dead on the floor. My original assumption that flying in broad daylight was strange behaviour and perhaps signified that the poor beast was unwell, seems to have been verified!

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I suspect that, like other insectivores, bats have had a hard time of it this year. The number of hedgehogs seen in daylight (always a bad sign) and posted here suggests this.
I'm not sure if this species is one that carries rabies, though: handling bats can be risky - though I'm sure I'd have done something similar if I found one in distress.

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Flying in daylight

Bats flying in daylight usually means they are hungry or thirsty rather than ill (or that the roost has been disturbed)
Flying in daylight puts them at greater risk of predation by birds of prey or cats, mainly.


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Call the Bat Helpline

As Colin says, bats usually only fly in the day when their roost is disturbed or they are starving/thirsty. This is especially the case with a species like the Brown Long-eared, which usually doesn't emerge from it's roost until it is very dark. You did the right then putting it safe in the shed, but when it hadn't gone the next day, it would have been best to call the Bat Helpine on 0845 1300 228.

With regard to bat rabies, the only species which have so far tested positive for the disease are Daubenton's and even then only a handful, so the risk is VERY small. However, it is sensible to wear gloves to handle bats, or use the spider-catching technique if you prefer.

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