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Reflections on nature in a garden in France

Back to the bat

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As I posted here on April 15 2020 , we had a bat lodging in our garden parasol.  Much as I was enjoying sharing the garden with wildlife, I did feel my need of the parasol was greater than his.

We did try to take a photograph of him leaving in the evening.  It was at this moment in the darkness we realized that it was not only difficult to see in the dark but impossible to focus a camera (live and learn :)).

We were able to take an improved photograph of him by flash.  Not great, I did say improved.

Here the photograph is turned upside down to help with identification because I do not think it is small enough to be a pipistrelle.

I think it is a Myotis species, one of the mouse-eared bats.  It has little bumps on its nose.

I found this site helpful https://nottsbatgroup.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Identification_of_British_Bats.pdf but I wonder if anyone out there has any ideas?

This is the best I can do to help Dromfit with an ID.

Author: afrenchgarden

Born in Scotland I have lived in England, Iran, USA and Greece. The house and land was bought twelve years ago in fulfilment of the dream of living in France that my Francophile husband nurtured. We had spent frequent holidays in France touring the more northerly parts and enjoying the food, scenery, architecture and of course gardens. However, we felt that to retire in France and enjoy a more clement climate than we currently had in Aberdeen we would need to find somewhere south of the river Loire but not too south to make returning to visit the UK onerous. The year 2000 saw us buying our house and setting it up to receive us and the family on holidays. The garden was more a field and we were helped by my son to remove the fencing that had separated the previous owners’ goats, sheep and chickens. We did inherit some lovely old trees and decided to plant more fruit trees that would survive and mature with the minimum of care until we took up permanent residence. The move took place in 2006 and the love hate relation with the “garden” started. There was so much to do in the house that there was little energy left for the hard tasks in the garden. It was very much a slow process and a steep learning curve. Expenditures have been kept to a minimum. The majority of the plants have been cuttings and I try to gather seeds wherever I can. The fruit trees have all been bought but we have tender hearts and cannot resist the little unloved shrub at a discount price and take it as a matter of honour to nurse it back to health. This year I have launched my Blog hoping to reach out to other gardeners in other countries. My aim is to make a garden for people to enjoy, providing shady and sunny spots with plants that enjoy living in this area with its limestone based subsoil and low rainfall in a warm summer. Exchanging ideas and exploring mutual problems will enrich my experience trying to form my French garden.

5 thoughts on “Back to the bat

  1. Yes… I have an idea [having looked it up in Dietz & Kiefer’s “Bats of Britain and Europe”…. it is wrong facially for a mouse-eared bat… as are the ears… but I think you have a Serotine [BL = 58 to 80mm] facially it is a perfect match for one of the pictures.
    If it didn’t fit that size bracket, then one of the large Pipistrelles…. possibly Nathusius’s…. A close-up of the head [ot an enlargement, would help… especially the tragus [the bit that sticks up at the front of the ear and concentrates their reception of the sound.

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  2. Amelia, problem….. I opened it up on my big monitor and it remains the same size as the original… but without the clutter.
    And, essentially the same size [5cm square] as on this one, only very, very slightly larger [5.3cm]
    I really need an image that is much larger [10cm minimum]… this one is still way too small to view the tragus clearly…. sorry.

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    • I do not have a good telephoto lens and I am afraid that is the best angle I have got for the tragus. It is too difficult for anyone but the experts to hazard a guess even. You have to take into account the sub-species, regional variations, sex and maturity of the bat. I think we will just have to be contented with the fact that he was very cute. Thank you for trying. I have been doing similar my side :).

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