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.