Dick Budden's patch down by the Nadder provides a wealth of interest - flowers, butterflies, caterpillars - and now, a visiting bat. It was 'grounded', but left to its own devices it flew off, unlike a swift with similarly long wings which wouldn't be able to do so. We reported earlier on the healthy bat population along our Nadder River - this site is further downstream but it would seem also has a good number.
This is a Common Pipistrelle - though not so common on the ground. If you should find one in your house, probably on a wall or curtain, don't panic - leave it be till the evening and then just turn all the lights off and open the window, and it'll be gone.
Photo: Barn owl
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