Bats in the belfry?

Do you have bats ??

We had bats in the cellar and the attics when we moved here nigh on 20 years ago.

In the cellar were several large ones, which hung down from above with their wings wrapped tightly around their bodies.

In the attics we found small ones which clutched the walls and some slightly larger ones which kept them company.

No idea what the big-boys were and they seem to have moved away.

The smaller ones are still with us. Their numbers vary according to the seasons.

Currently we have about a dozen Pipistrelle and Horseshoe Bats lurking behind the large shutters of our bedroom - thus those shutters are never touched and the french-doors stay firmly shut during the night.

There are signs in the attics, but I have not located the bats themselves.

This is the first year we have not found babies in the bathrooms - so they are obviously getting better at caring for their young :thinking::relaxed::relaxed:

I love seeing them swirl overhead in the dusk - eating all those pesky insects and I like the idea that we amicably share our space with these creatures.


I have them flying around the garden at dusk but they are not nesting in my house


We have them in the attic (Pipistrelle) , I love watching them swoop down from the roof and from behind the shutters as it gets dusk. Given the recent extreme temperatures I found one only last week under the window, completely dried out like a leaf, poor little thing. I’ve also in the past rescued them from the pool cover and also watering cans. I have a screen on the bedroom window at the moment and I watch them flying ever closer to the screen catching the bugs… like you Stella, I like sharing my home with them.


We had one flew into the bedroom yesterday and stunned itself. If you find one remember to use gloves (they carry rabies) and leave them on a towel on a window cill so they can re-launch.

Happily our flew off after a few moments.

I think I may be an instinctive bat-handler :thinking::hugs:

Each time we’ve found bats in “our” part of the house it’s been in daylight. I have surrounded them gently with a soft old towel and encouraged them to clamber aboard and snuggle therein. Then, it is a simple step either to the attic or the cellar or wherever and I leave them to wander off as they wish.

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They don’t carry rabies as a matter of course, it is just a possibility, wear gloves anyway, obviously. This is what the Min of Ag has to say:

Règles de précaution

La chauve-souris est un animal sauvage, il ne faut pas la manipuler ou chercher à l’attraper. En présence d’un animal blessé et si sa manipulation est absolument indispensable, il faut impérativement se munir de gants de jardin épais, recouvrir l’animal avec un chiffon ou une boîte en carton avant sa manipulation et le relâcher s’il peut voler. En cas de doute ou s’il ne peut pas voler, il est préférable de contacter un spécialiste des chauves-souris ou la direction départementale des services vétérinaires qui indiqueront la conduite à tenir. En cas de morsure par une chauve-souris, aucun risque ne doit être négligé.Il est recommandé de consulter son médecin traitant et le centre antirabique le plus proche.Tout cadavre de chauve-souris doit être signalé auprès d’un vétérinaire. Il sera adressé au laboratoire de l’Institut Pasteur (s’il y a eu contamination humaine) ou celui de l’Afssa-Nancy (dans tous les autres cas) pour rechercher la rage. Le cas particulier des chauves-souris exotiques est à distinguer des chauves-souris européennes. Ces chauves-souris exotiques peuvent être de grande taille, avec un comportement parfois agressif. Leur morsure, qui constitue le risque essentiel de transmission du virus de la rage à l’homme, est beaucoup plus grave que celles occasionnées par les chauves-souris européennes.C’est ainsi qu’en 1999, dans le Gard, une Roussette d’Egypte a révélé la rage chez son propriétaire, après avoir séjourné plusieurs jours dans une animalerie bordelaise. L’importation avait été réalisée via une animalerie belge. Au total, 129 personnes ont dû être traitées contre la rage par les centres de traitement antirabiques. L’importation de ces espèces exotiques en France est prohibée.


My summer visitors are back. I’ve just seen this one as I walked up the stairs.

They live in the roof and I quite often find them clinging to the stairs or my black clothes.
I find bats very beautiful especially when you see how tiny they are and how perfectly formed.
So now I’m tiptoeing downstairs so as not to wake my epileptic dog who just had a fit and tiptoeing upstairs so as not to disturb the bat. :woman_facepalming:t2::grin:


@DeTolkTW - I am SO envious! I love bats - we used to have lots flying around the house. Since Mr Agribusiness took over the farm behind us, they have all disappeared so I assume he has cleared them out of his barns :cry:

We have a nice loft at the end of the house near where they used to swirl and it would, I think, be ideal but so far no luck…

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Can you not move into a tent in the garden? Priorities!

Our last dog was epileptic, and life revolved around her in a similar way.


@JaneJones well I do have a barn with no windows but the roof is sound and the door closes, so I think I’ll move in there for now :woman_facepalming:t2::rofl:

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@AngelaR that’s a shame but hopefully they will come back. Fingers crossed :crossed_fingers:

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I do hope so, I really do! I’ve just shown my partner your photo and he absolutely loved it too. Shame we couldn’t be a great deal farther away while still being in the same country… :smiley:

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@AngelaR yes I seem to be a long way from mostly everyone I interact with on here. I have an idea for a road trip on my way up to the Netherlands next year so maybe I’ll see who wants me to pop in for a coffee :rofl:

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When we lived in the Cotswolds one flew into our house and got tangled up in our daughter’s hair. You can imagine the screams.

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@Jane_Williamson I used to live in Cheltenham so we didn’t get many in the house, but my then partner had a business in Bouton on the Water and I know they always had a fair few around.

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We lived in Claycombe, Burleigh near Stroud, just below Minchinhampton common.

I know Stroud well. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been back in that neck of the woods. Over 10 years in fact.

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So mum has presumably gone off hunting and I just found a baby on the living room floor. :woman_facepalming:t2:

So he’s on a towel, (coaxed into it with due care and attention), and I’ve put the whole thing next to the whole under the stairs, as I’m pretty sure that’s where she’s nesting.



Oh dear! Poor little chap :frowning: I hope he’s been picked up…

No still there this morning, half way across the kitchen floor actually. I’ve put him in a box on a blanket with some water in a jam jar lid. If he’s still there tonight I’ll call the rescue as they are a protected species. Mum isn’t anywhere that I can see but then she doesn’t usually sleep on the stairs :woman_facepalming:t2: