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A Cautionary Tale


By driad


You may have heard of my tales of woe about the fly attack on the grapes in the greenhouse .
Well last Sunday was the day to adjust the sundial ( there are 4 days in the year when it can be done ), so when I returned from St Bennets we went down to do the biz at noon .
That done we got absorbed tweaking and poking about , as one does once in the garden ; I wandered into the greenhouse to inspect further damage . I had put up some fly papers to try to reduce the numbers , quite successful , but always some collateral damage , moths etc. , but wait a minute , I’ve caught a leaf . What ??
I turned the paper around to look , and what was it ? Along eared bat !! Oh , dear , what to do , I’m ashamed , is it dead ?
I gently touched the tail area and it moved its head .
I caught hold of the tube part of the fly-paper and cut above the bat , so I had it hanging down , and hastily took it to the shaded area under the deck . I put it on some ferns under there and managed to free its open wing , and then the body .
It was still sticky but after an hour or so , it climbed up the wall and disappeared . Phew….. for both of us .
I had some pictures of it , but dropped the camera later and lost the memory card , so it is not recorded for posterity .

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what a huge surprise!!!!!!

never would have expected that in a million years....

nice story.... sorry about the camera card.....

9 Sep, 2013


Crickey Driad. What a shock. I wouldn't have dared touch it. You did well to rescue it. Sorry to hear about the lost memory card. Fingers crossed it'll turn up.

9 Sep, 2013


Hopefully all's well that ends well. I'll bet he avoids your greenhouse from now on.
The memory card will appear when your not looking for it!

9 Sep, 2013


Oh dear ! ... I'm glad it worked out well in the end.
It just goes to show we never can tell what will happen.

9 Sep, 2013


Oh dear, wouldn't have thought it!
Well done for saving the poor thing x

10 Sep, 2013


Oh my goodness! I best you got quite a jolt. Obviously its echo sounding wasn't working properly. What a pity about the camera though, is it broken now?

11 Sep, 2013


Thanks everyone , it was quite a shock , but hopefully it is back "at home" now .
My daughter works at a fen for RSPB , and did a twilight walk for families last weekend . She had to gen up on Bats , and she says that they mate about now , so maybe his (?) mind was on something else !

11 Sep, 2013


Understandable then Driad! lol.

11 Sep, 2013

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