Because a bat is a protected species an unlicensed person is not permitted to touch it unless the bat is injured. As this bat was in the playground we thought he must be injured. We found a box for the bat. Miss O’Brien used a sheet of cardboard to guide the bat into the box. She managed to avoid touching it. We then placed water in the box to prevent the bat from becoming dehydrated. We also put a cloth into the box so that the bat could use it as a hiding place. We covered the box with black card as we know bats are nocturnal mammals and usually sleep during the day.
We discovered that it was a brown, long eared bat. We then contacted the Bat Helpline and spoke to an Animal Welfare Officer whose name was James. James advised us to release the bat back into the wild. He told us to release him from a height as bats are unable to take off from the ground. We brought the bat outside and freed him. He fluttered up into the air. We hope he was reunited with his family. It was an educational experience!!!!