Showing posts from July, 2015

Bat Casualties in July

During spells of  wet weather in the summer bats can find it difficult to get out to feed. If this occurs over several evenings they can quickly lose condition. 
This week it has started to rain at dusk, just at the time bats emerge to forage around local parks and gardens. This male common pipistrelle was found near to the Fishponds along the Ewell Road in Surbiton suffering from dehydration.
Hopefully he will regain condition and pass his fitness test by the weekend to be released on his home patch. 
If you find a grounded bat please put it in a box (with a few holes) and a small amount of water in a lid. Please use a glove (as per photo) to gently handle it. Then call the Bat Conservation Trust, 0345 1300 228, who will arrange for someone to come and collect it.

Hedgehog Footprint Traps

I haven't found any hedgehogs in my garden this year using the usual methods (listening at night, camera traps, looking for scats) so I have made some footprint traps similar to the ones we used last year at Home Park. Hedgehog footprint traps are very easy to make from A1 sheets of Correx board and if you share a batch of 5 boards with someone they are very cheap.

Required: A1 sheets of black Poster or Correx board
3 cable ties per footprint trap
A4 paperSpongetex Small dish/pot lidPoster paintDog or catfood
Fold the board into three even sized panels. Pierce 3 holes either side (long side)

In the middle segment secure half a spongetex either side of an A4 sheet of paper;
Cut Spongetex or J-cloth into two and secure in place;
Squeeze paint onto spongetex
secure cable ties;
Place food in small jam pot lid in centre; and
Locate along hedgerow where there may be a faint animal run

 The footprints are easy to match with those on websites eg the Mammal Society. Let me know if you see a…