Come fly with me

PUBLISHED: 20:00 20 June 2014

An infant pipistrelle bat being cared for at the centre.

An infant pipistrelle bat being cared for at the centre.

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WITH everyone enjoying the warm sunny evenings by spending more time outdoors, many of us have caught a glimpse of Britain’s night-time flyers.

An infant pipistrelle bat being cared for at the centre.An infant pipistrelle bat being cared for at the centre.

If you are sitting outside with a glass of wine watching the sun go down as you unwind, you may be fortunate enough to see the season’s bats.

These tiny mammals frequent the night skies while catching insects on their wings, and can catch up to 3,000 mosquitoes in one night.

But while many of these winged wonders are out sweeping up pesky bugs, some find themselves in need of help from a Somerset wildlife rescue charity.

During the summer months, Secret World in East Hunstpill receives many orphaned and injured bats which are cared for with the aim of releasing the little critters back into the wild.

An infant pipistrelle bat being cared for at the centre.An infant pipistrelle bat being cared for at the centre.

The latest orphan admissions are so small that a tiny pipette is used to feed them every two hours including during the night.

Weighing only 1.5 grams it’s easy to see why staff and volunteers are constantly amazed by these creatures and their fascinating lifestyle and nocturnal antics.

The most common bat brought into the centre is a pipistrelle bat, which weighs only four grams as an adult and can be seen flying around gardens feasting on all manner of flying insects.

Sadly the most common injury sustained is from domestic cats, who swipe at bats as they fly past.

An infant pipistrelle bat being cared for at the centre.An infant pipistrelle bat being cared for at the centre.

If you want to sneak a peek at the little creatures, Secret World’s next open weekend is July 26-27.

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