Con­tact na­ture ex­perts when deal­ing with bats snagged on fish­ing lines

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Lo­cal vol­un­teers from the Bat Con­ser­va­tion Trust are of­fer­ing fish­er­men ad­vice on what to do if they ac­ci­dently hook a bat.

Dauben­ton’s bats are a com­mon sight to fish­er­men in the east Perthshire area, of­ten skim­ming the sur­face of lo­cal rivers and lochs.

But they can some­times get hooked ac­ci­dently by fish­er­men, or snared by aban­doned fish­ing lines.

And Bat Con­ser­va­tion Trust vol­un­teer bat carers in the area have urged lo­cal fish­er­men and other out­door en­thu­si­asts who may come across in­jured bats not to leave bats that have been ac­ci­den­tally hooked to die but in­stead try to‘land’the bat on the shore.

Ac­cord­ing to vol­un­teer bat carer Jean Oud­ney, they may be able to free them­selves from the line.

But if they haven’t done so within two to three min­utes, the ad­vice is to cut the line close to the fly in or­der to free the crea­ture.

Ex­perts also ad­vise against touch­ing bats with bare hands as a small pro­por­tion of the mam­mals in the UK carry a type of ra­bies virus, which can be trans­mit­ted through a bite or scratch or thBrou­ull­ge­htcGor­ne­tactt bei twoe­fehneitas­d­saliva and an open wound or the mu­cous mem­branes of the eyes, nose or mouth.

If han­dling a bat - alive or dead can­not be avoided, pro­tec­tive gloves should be worn.

Al­ter­na­tively , the bat can be wrapped care­fully in a cloth, cov­er­ing the head and mouth area in par­tic­u­lar.

Any­one who thinks they may have been bit­ten or scratched by a bat, should wash the wound im­me­di­ately and thor­oughly, prefer­ably with soap and wa­ter and with­out scrub­bing, and speak to their doc­tor as soon as pos­si­ble as ef­fec­tive post-ex­po­sure vac­ci­na­tion is avail­able.

Con­tain the bat in a box with small air holes and the cloth and con­tact the Na­tional Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228.

They have a list of lo­cal vol­un­teer bat carers who will come out and take care of the bat free of charge.

Even if the bat is dead, please still con­tact the helpline as the body can be sent off for ra­bies sur­veil­lance test­ing.

In flight A brown long-eared bat

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