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29/04/2014 at 18:37

I was pleased to see a nesting moorhen after a gap of a couple of years. I missed the black cotton wool balls. They're not good parents at all. They take the kids on cross country walks, desert them in the road if a car comes by, it's a wonder they aren't extinct.

The bats are roosting in one of the south facing dormers. This didn't go well last year as a nursery roost, there's not much space and it gets extremely hot. On the first fairly warm day they were hanging out under the eaves in day time. I fear some of the babies may have cooked.

I told them, but they didn't listen. They can have the entire roof space if the go in via the barge boards on the ends of the house. It's what they did for years previously.

I shall await developments


29/04/2014 at 18:50

That's lovely Nut, we usually have a few bats flying round but have only seen 1 so far this year, I'm not sure where they live though 

29/04/2014 at 18:52

Moorhens  (or as they were called in the village where I lived 'Waterhens')


29/04/2014 at 18:53

I enjoy reading such a post that reflects my own views about nature and the changing seasons. 

29/04/2014 at 18:57

I run the garden as a nature reserve AWB. I don't have trouble with pests, it all balances out

29/04/2014 at 18:58

Nut, how lovely for you about the moorhen, there are some around here, but my favourites are the coots and the teenage swans, who look like rather grubby small swans and go wherever their parents go and then finally make their own way in the world. It's a  shame the bats don't listen to your advice

29/04/2014 at 19:00

Nutcutlet..........."I told them but they didn't listen " ...........definitely struck a chord with me..............doesn't seem to be an easy way of convincing them that you have their best interests at heart.

29/04/2014 at 19:57

They don't listen when they come in at 2 and 3am to feed the babies. I tell them to turn the volume down, but they don't.

artjak do you think coots are less people friendly. There are lots on the Nene and washes but they never visit me.

Love watching the swans as well, they don't live here either

29/04/2014 at 20:01

I think coots like bigger areas of water - waterhens go for more intimate environments 

29/04/2014 at 20:05

Do they. Maybe that's why I'm not very familiar with then at all. I just see them as I drive by the washes

29/04/2014 at 20:51

moorhens have red beaks ,coots white.

29/04/2014 at 21:08

What kind of bats have you got, Nutcutlet?

29/04/2014 at 21:15

Hi Victoria

the roof residents are pipistrelles 

29/04/2014 at 21:23


Where I used to live in the Northumberland area I used to have pipistrelles flying around my room if I left the windows open.

I first realised it when I saw bat poo stuck on the wall and then another time I woke up and witnessed it which was quite surreal.

29/04/2014 at 21:31

I was surprised by how much they come in the house and how close to me they fly when I stand out watching and counting. You can feel them.

 Pipistrelle by flash from the bedroom window. We can't see them, it's dark. We put the camera out and flash. Sometimes we get a pic

29/04/2014 at 21:38

I would feel very privileged if some bats moved in, although I understand they are quite noisy...

29/04/2014 at 21:50

They smell a bit as well but it is a privilege isn't it

30/04/2014 at 05:52

Hi Nut I too run my garden as a nature reserve.I do not use chemicals or artificial fertilisers.Had a pond dug,created hibernaculums log piles and a log wall, photo was taken March 2011.

 So well hidden OH didn't notice it from 2 yards

30/04/2014 at 06:51

We have an SSSI very close to our home, consisting of woodland and disused chalk workings - it is home to at least 3 species of bats,  Daubenton's, Natterer's and Brown Long-eared.  

Our garden is on a direct line between their roost and the marshes where they go to feed on gnats etc in the evening - we spend lots of time outside in the dusk and watch them as they pass over.  One summer evening one bat was feeding in our garden as I lay on my back on the lawn, and as it swooped back and forth over me I could feel the air moving.  As you say Nut, what a privilege 

30/04/2014 at 08:43

Lovely pic AWB

Dove, don't lie under those bats with your mouth open

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