Shortly after arriving home from the lambing Shep found it necessary to hide from the madding crowds. Work had been somewhat manic upon my return to civilisation and it was a number of days before the opportunity to head off and chill came around. Eventually dogs and I sidled off for a quite walk away from people, or so we thought.
The bird song was ringing in my ears as I lost myself in my own little world. Then there was a 'song' I was unfamiliar with, a high pitched call. It was definitely resonating through the air and from above as though from something on the wing but what it was I did not know, I was unaware of having ever heard such a sound before. Then my heart dropped as I noticed people, were they going to shatter my peace and solitude?
Anything but. They did indeed make my solitary walk a sociable affair and educated me in the process. Researchers they were, researchers with a ladder no less and 'things' tied up in little cotton bags. My curiosity or ought that be nosiness got the better of me. I soon learnt that the unfamiliar call I had been hearing was that of a noctule bat, which is a brown furry mousy character with big wings, well okay, not golden eagle sized big wings but for a bat it has big wings. It also seemed to have quite an array of very sharp teeth.
Apparently the area we were in was home to five different species of bat, I was really beginning to wish I'd had a pen and notebook coz everything I was learning was quite fascinating and with a memory like a goldfish I was well aware I was going to forget most of it. I eventually left the researchers in peace, not liking to overstay my welcome but wishing they would fetch something else out of one of those little cotton bags, I continued my solitary musings with a spring in my step and mind racing. Nature and all the freebies she has to offer had once again lifted my spirits as had two people, even though my intention had been to escape from madding crowds (in Tarset more than one person can well be described as madding crowds!). You just never know what you'll come across in this world of ours!
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