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As the sun begins to set over the horizon, a muted
chattering and rustling of soft, leathery wings
emerges from the shadows, accompanied by the
scrabbling of sharply clawed feet. Bats are waking
up, preparing for nocturnal flights in search of prey.
But this is no nightmare scenario; more a heartening tale of redemption, recovery and one woman’s love for perhaps the most misunderstood creatures of all.
Rescued Leisler's bat / Lesser noctule (Nyctalus leisleri) having its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage by Samantha Pickering at dusk, before being released back to the wild, North D...
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Nick Upton / Rescued Leisler's bat / Lesser noctule (Nyctalus leisleri) having its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage by Samantha Pickering at dusk, before being released back to the wild, North D...
Rescued Serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus) with injured wings having its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage by Samantha Pickering before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care...
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Nick Upton / Rescued Serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus) with injured wings having its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage by Samantha Pickering before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care...
Samantha Pickering holding a rescued Natterer's bat (Myotis nattereri) in her hand in a flight cage to test its recovery and ability to fly before releasing it back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care,...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering holding a rescued Natterer's bat (Myotis nattereri) in her hand in a flight cage to test its recovery and ability to fly before releasing it back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care,...
Rescued abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) held alongside a paler Soprano pipistrelle pup (Pipistellus pygmaeus), North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Mod...
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Nick Upton / Rescued abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) held alongside a paler Soprano pipistrelle pup (Pipistellus pygmaeus), North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Mod...
Samantha Pickering holds a rescued, abandoned Brown long-eared bat pup (Plecotus auritus) as it eats a waxworm she has fed it, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering holds a rescued, abandoned Brown long-eared bat pup (Plecotus auritus) as it eats a waxworm she has fed it, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released.
Rescued Serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus) resting on wires of a flight cage where its recovery and ability to fly is being tested before being released to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple,...
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Nick Upton / Rescued Serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus) resting on wires of a flight cage where its recovery and ability to fly is being tested before being released to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple,...
Bat flight cage for testing the flight ability of recovering bats before they are released back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2016. Model released
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Nick Upton / Bat flight cage for testing the flight ability of recovering bats before they are released back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2016. Model released
Samantha Pickering releasing young Common pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) she has reared  since their rescue as pups into a flight cage at dusk, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, U...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering releasing young Common pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) she has reared since their rescue as pups into a flight cage at dusk, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, U...
Young Common pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) reared in captivity since their rescue as pups, learning to fly and hunt in a flight cage at dusk before being released, North Devon Bat Care,...
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Nick Upton / Young Common pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) reared in captivity since their rescue as pups, learning to fly and hunt in a flight cage at dusk before being released, North Devon Bat Care,...
Samantha Pickering takes a bowl of mealworms to feed rescued bats in the flight cage in her garden, North Devon Bat Care, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering takes a bowl of mealworms to feed rescued bats in the flight cage in her garden, North Devon Bat Care, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
Rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) held in a hand, about to have its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple,...
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Nick Upton / Rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) held in a hand, about to have its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple,...
Rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) flies from a hand as it has its ability to fly tested in a flight cage before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, Jun...
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Nick Upton / Rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) flies from a hand as it has its ability to fly tested in a flight cage before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, Jun...
Rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) flying in a flight cage eating a moth it has caught, having its ability to capture insects on the wing tested before release back to the wild, North Dev...
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Nick Upton / Rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) flying in a flight cage eating a moth it has caught, having its ability to capture insects on the wing tested before release back to the wild, North Dev...
Bechstein's bat (Myotis bechsteinii) held above a Natterer's bat (Myotis nattereri)  for comparison during an autumn swarming survey run by the Wiltshire Bat Group, near Box, Wiltshire, UK, September....
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Nick Upton / Bechstein's bat (Myotis bechsteinii) held above a Natterer's bat (Myotis nattereri) for comparison during an autumn swarming survey run by the Wiltshire Bat Group, near Box, Wiltshire, UK, September....
Rescued Serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus) held in a hand performing a threat display while having its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage before release back to the wild, North Devon...
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Nick Upton / Rescued Serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus) held in a hand performing a threat display while having its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage before release back to the wild, North Devon...
Rescued Serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus) having its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage by Samantha Pickering before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon...
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Nick Upton / Rescued Serotine bat (Eptesicus serotinus) having its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage by Samantha Pickering before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon...
Samantha Pickering placing a week-old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) wrapped in a small fleece in an incubator in her living room at night between two-hourly feeds, N...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering placing a week-old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) wrapped in a small fleece in an incubator in her living room at night between two-hourly feeds, N...
Rescued week-old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) held in a hand, being fed with goat's milk from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2016. Mod...
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Nick Upton / Rescued week-old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) held in a hand, being fed with goat's milk from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2016. Mod...
Samantha Pickering feeding a rescued week-old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) with goat's milk from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2016....
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering feeding a rescued week-old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) with goat's milk from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2016....
Rescued week old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) clinging to a ball of fabric and wrapped in a fleece before being placed in an incubator between feeds, North Devon Ba...
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Nick Upton / Rescued week old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) clinging to a ball of fabric and wrapped in a fleece before being placed in an incubator between feeds, North Devon Ba...
Samantha Pickering holding a week-old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) wrapped in a fleece and clinging to a ball of fabric, before placing it in an incubator between t...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering holding a week-old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) wrapped in a fleece and clinging to a ball of fabric, before placing it in an incubator between t...
Samantha Pickering with a Serotine bat (Eptosicus serotinus), a Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) and a Leisler's / Lesser noctule bat (Nyctalus leisleri) on her chest at her rescue centre, North Devon B...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering with a Serotine bat (Eptosicus serotinus), a Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) and a Leisler's / Lesser noctule bat (Nyctalus leisleri) on her chest at her rescue centre, North Devon B...
Samantha Pickering grooming a rescued Brown long-eared bat pup (Plecotus auritus) with a small brush after hand feeding it, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering grooming a rescued Brown long-eared bat pup (Plecotus auritus) with a small brush after hand feeding it, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Samantha Pickering carefully holding a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) brought to her by a member of the public, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering carefully holding a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) brought to her by a member of the public, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
Brown long-eared bat pup (Plecotus auritus) being groomed with a small brush as it eats a waxworm, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Brown long-eared bat pup (Plecotus auritus) being groomed with a small brush as it eats a waxworm, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Samantha Pickering carefully washing a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) after peeling off the flypaper it was stuck to, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering carefully washing a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) after peeling off the flypaper it was stuck to, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
Rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) feeding from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) feeding from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Samantha Pickering inspects a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) with a wing damaged when the bat became stuck to flypaper, recovering at the bat rescue centre at her home, Barnstaple, Devon, UK,...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering inspects a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) with a wing damaged when the bat became stuck to flypaper, recovering at the bat rescue centre at her home, Barnstaple, Devon, UK,...
Samantha Pickering washing a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) that was brought to her rescue centre stuck to flypaper in a bathroom sink to help free it, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Mo...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering washing a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) that was brought to her rescue centre stuck to flypaper in a bathroom sink to help free it, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Mo...
Samantha Pickering carefully removing flypaper from a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) that was brought to her rescue centre stuck to it, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering carefully removing flypaper from a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) that was brought to her rescue centre stuck to it, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
Samantha Pickering holding a Brown long-eared bat in her bathroom (Plecotus auritus) that she has just successfully separated from the flypaper it was badly stuck to in her bathroom, North Devon Bat C...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering holding a Brown long-eared bat in her bathroom (Plecotus auritus) that she has just successfully separated from the flypaper it was badly stuck to in her bathroom, North Devon Bat C...
Samantha Pickering drying off a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) that that she has just successfully separated from flypaper and washed, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering drying off a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) that that she has just successfully separated from flypaper and washed, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
Samantha Pickering with a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) that was brought to her rescue centre that she has just successfully separated from the flypaper it was badly stuck to, Barnstaple, De...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering with a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) that was brought to her rescue centre that she has just successfully separated from the flypaper it was badly stuck to, Barnstaple, De...
Samantha Pickering watching a rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) flying around her flight cage as she checks it's ability to hunt prey on the wing before release back to the wild, North D...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering watching a rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) flying around her flight cage as she checks it's ability to hunt prey on the wing before release back to the wild, North D...
Whiskered bat (Myotis mystacinus) with a wing damaged by a cat inspected in a flight cage where its recovery and flight ability is being tested as the wing heals before release back to the wild, North...
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Nick Upton / Whiskered bat (Myotis mystacinus) with a wing damaged by a cat inspected in a flight cage where its recovery and flight ability is being tested as the wing heals before release back to the wild, North...
Samanatha Pickering holding and stroking rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) held in hand, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Samanatha Pickering holding and stroking rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) held in hand, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Samantha Pickering feeding a rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) with goat's milk from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering feeding a rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) with goat's milk from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Barbastelle bat (Barbastella barbastellus) a rare bat in the UK, being fed with a mealworm at North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Barbastelle bat (Barbastella barbastellus) a rare bat in the UK, being fed with a mealworm at North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
Leisler's / Lesser noctule / Hairy-armed bat (Nyctalus leisleri) held to show the shaggy fur under its wings, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Leisler's / Lesser noctule / Hairy-armed bat (Nyctalus leisleri) held to show the shaggy fur under its wings, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
Long-term resident brain-damaged Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) "Nico", held in a hand, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2016. Model released
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Nick Upton / Long-term resident brain-damaged Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) "Nico", held in a hand, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2016. Model released
Rescued week-old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) held in a hand after being fed with goat's milk, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2016. Model release...
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Nick Upton / Rescued week-old abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) held in a hand after being fed with goat's milk, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, June 2016. Model release...
Samantha Pickering providing a bowl of mealworms for a long-term resident brain-damaged Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) "Nico" in a bat box also accessible to other bats using the flight cage behind th...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering providing a bowl of mealworms for a long-term resident brain-damaged Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) "Nico" in a bat box also accessible to other bats using the flight cage behind th...
Samantha Pickering providing a bowl of mealworms for a long-term resident brain-damaged Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) "Nico" in a bat box also accessible to other bats using the flight cage behind th...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering providing a bowl of mealworms for a long-term resident brain-damaged Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) "Nico" in a bat box also accessible to other bats using the flight cage behind th...
Samantha Pickering prepares to feed a mealworm to a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) at a public engagement event, alongside her daughter dressed as a bat, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October 2015...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering prepares to feed a mealworm to a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) at a public engagement event, alongside her daughter dressed as a bat, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October 2015...
Samantha Pickering feeds a mealworm to a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) at a public engagement event, alongside her daughter dressed as a bat, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October 2015. Model rel...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering feeds a mealworm to a Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) at a public engagement event, alongside her daughter dressed as a bat, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October 2015. Model rel...
Samantha Pickering showing a Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) to members of the public at an outreach event, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October.
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering showing a Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) to members of the public at an outreach event, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October.
Samantha Pickering holding and stroking a rescued abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus), North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering holding and stroking a rescued abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus), North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Rescued abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) fed from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Rescued abandoned Common pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) fed from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) having its fur cleaned and dried after feeding, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) having its fur cleaned and dried after feeding, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) held up at a public outreach event by Samantha Pickering, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October.  Model released.
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Nick Upton / Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) held up at a public outreach event by Samantha Pickering, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October. Model released.
Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) shown to two children and their father by Samantha Pickering at a public outreach event, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October 2015. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) shown to two children and their father by Samantha Pickering at a public outreach event, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October 2015. Model released.
Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) being fed with a mealworm at a public outreach event by Samantha Pickering, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October.  Model released.
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Nick Upton / Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) being fed with a mealworm at a public outreach event by Samantha Pickering, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October. Model released.
Rescued, abandoned Brown long-eared bat pup (Plecotus auritus) eating a waxworm, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Rescued, abandoned Brown long-eared bat pup (Plecotus auritus) eating a waxworm, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Samantha Pickering showing a Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) to members of the public at an outreach event, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October.  Model released.
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering showing a Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) to members of the public at an outreach event, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October. Model released.
Samantha Pickering feeding a rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) with a mealworm, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering feeding a rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) with a mealworm, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) feeding from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) feeding from a pipette, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) held in hand, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
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Nick Upton / Rescued abandoned Soprano pipistrelle bat pup (Pipistrellus pygmaeus) held in hand, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, August. Model released
Samantha Pickering showing a Common pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) to members of the public at an outreach event, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October.
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering showing a Common pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) to members of the public at an outreach event, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October.
Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) held up at a public outreach event by Samantha Pickering, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October.  Model released.
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Nick Upton / Noctule bat (Nyctalus noctula) held up at a public outreach event by Samantha Pickering, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK, October. Model released.
Samantha Pickering returns to the bat rescue centre at her home with a rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) in a cardboard box, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering returns to the bat rescue centre at her home with a rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) in a cardboard box, Barnstaple, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
Bowls of Mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) ready to be fed to bats at North Devon Bat Rescue, Devon, UK, October.
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Nick Upton / Bowls of Mealworms (Tenebrio molitor) ready to be fed to bats at North Devon Bat Rescue, Devon, UK, October.
Leisler's / Lesser noctule bat (Nyctalus leisleri) being offered a mealworm at North Devon Bat Care, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Leisler's / Lesser noctule bat (Nyctalus leisleri) being offered a mealworm at North Devon Bat Care, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
Leisler's / Lesser noctule bat (Nyctalus leisleri) eating a mealworm at North Devon Bat Care, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
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Nick Upton / Leisler's / Lesser noctule bat (Nyctalus leisleri) eating a mealworm at North Devon Bat Care, Devon, UK, October 2015. Model released.
Rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) flying in a flight cage eating a moth it has caught, having its ability to capture insects on the wing tested before release back to the wild, North Dev...
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Nick Upton / Rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) flying in a flight cage eating a moth it has caught, having its ability to capture insects on the wing tested before release back to the wild, North Dev...
Samantha Pickering watching a rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) flying around her flight cage as she checks it's ability to hunt prey on the wing before release back to the wild, North D...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering watching a rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) flying around her flight cage as she checks it's ability to hunt prey on the wing before release back to the wild, North D...
Samantha Pickering inside her flight cage checking a moth trap which attracts insects through the mesh for recovering bats to catch before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, D...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering inside her flight cage checking a moth trap which attracts insects through the mesh for recovering bats to catch before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, D...
Samantha Pickering opening a bat box within a flight cage at dusk to encourage a rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) out so that its ability to fly can be tested before release back to the...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering opening a bat box within a flight cage at dusk to encourage a rescued Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) out so that its ability to fly can be tested before release back to the...
Rescued Natterer's bat (Myotis nattereri) held in a hand at dusk, having its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devo...
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Nick Upton / Rescued Natterer's bat (Myotis nattereri) held in a hand at dusk, having its recovery and ability to fly tested in a flight cage before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devo...
Samantha Pickering preparing to release a Common pipistelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) in her garden after it was rescued locally and fully reabilitatated at her bat sanctuary, North Devon Bat Ca...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering preparing to release a Common pipistelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) in her garden after it was rescued locally and fully reabilitatated at her bat sanctuary, North Devon Bat Ca...
Samantha Pickering preparing to release a Common pipistelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) in her garden after it was rescued locally and fully reabilitatated at her bat sanctuary, North Devon Bat Ca...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering preparing to release a Common pipistelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) in her garden after it was rescued locally and fully reabilitatated at her bat sanctuary, North Devon Bat Ca...
Samantha Pickering preparing to release a Common pipistelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) in her garden after it was rescued locally and fully reabilitatated at her bat sanctuary, North Devon Bat Ca...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering preparing to release a Common pipistelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) in her garden after it was rescued locally and fully reabilitatated at her bat sanctuary, North Devon Bat Ca...
Rescued Common pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) flying in a flight cage at dusk, having its ability to capture insects on the wing tested before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Ca...
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Nick Upton / Rescued Common pipistrelle bat (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) flying in a flight cage at dusk, having its ability to capture insects on the wing tested before release back to the wild, North Devon Bat Ca...
Samantha Pickering releasing young Common pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) she has reared  since their rescue as pups into a flight cage at dusk, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, U...
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Nick Upton / Samantha Pickering releasing young Common pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) she has reared since their rescue as pups into a flight cage at dusk, North Devon Bat Care, Barnstaple, Devon, U...
Young Common pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) reared in captivity since their rescue as pups, learning to fly and hunt in a flight cage at dusk before being released, North Devon Bat Care,...
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Nick Upton / Young Common pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) reared in captivity since their rescue as pups, learning to fly and hunt in a flight cage at dusk before being released, North Devon Bat Care,...