Focus Item: Dumfries and Galloway Science Festival
April of 2018 saw several of our members man a stall at the excellently attended Dumfries and Galloway Science Festival.
The star feature of our display was a model house constructed by Freda and used to show the points of a dwelling where bats typically enter and exit a roost.
Thanks to all who stopped by for a chat!
Focus Item: Archie's Office
This delightful construction is currently used as an office – but is also home to over 400 soprano pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus pygmeus). These are our smallest and most common bats, but because they like to roost in houses they are often evicted – hopefully under licence – and therefore need safe places in which to roost.
The owner has been happily using the office, but over the years the number of bats has increased. The bats not only access the loft from the outside, but they can get into the office to fly, and they leave a bit of a mess on the office equipment and paperwork. Although bats and their droppings are not a health hazard, the smell is a bit strong, and the droppings are not what you want all over an office. We have, therefore, encouraged the owner to move his office to another building.
The bat group is able to help towards the cost of the move, which involves moving electrics, phone, computer etc. and insulating and painting the new building. We will also help to maintain the existing bat roost so that the pipistrelles can continue to use it undisturbed.
If you love bats and feel that this is a good cause, we would love to hear from you, and, of course, donations are very welcome