I went down to the offy for a bottle of milk the other night and lo and behold, bats!
I've seen them before flying round the end of the street, but it was quite light and they were whizzing about all over the shop, catching bugs and showing off. I used to think they lived somewhere in the hospital, but since that was knocked down, I reckon they must live in the pub or one of the big terraced houses on the main road. I didn't get a photo, on account of a: it being a bit dark, b: bats are bats when it comes to flying, i.e. they don't fly in a straight line and c: I didn't want to look like a perv taking pictures in the middle of the street. "No mate, I wasn't taking pictures of your wife, there were some bats..."
I imagine Bill Oddie faces this dilemma every day of his life.
Anyway, besides bats, it's a proper urban jungle around here recently. When I was a kid, the only animals you saw were pets, like cats and goldfish and stuff. These days, we get squirrels and foxes every now and then. And you can't walk home from the pub without picking your way through dozens of hedgehogs. Well, one or two anyway.
Where have all these creatures come from? Were they always there and I just never noticed or have they got sick of living in the draughty old fields and forests and decided it's the urban life for them? And should I be worried? Are they taking over? What does bat shit do to car paintwork?