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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

 

On Friday night Freda Seddon, bat group secretary, gave a talk at Caerlaverock followed by a bat walk around the reserve.
A small but attentive group were able to watch the comings and goings of a soprano pipistrelle roost located in the visitor centre roof - once they eventually started to come out that is! Where we would normally have expected to see the first bats just after 9:30 it was closer to 10:15 before they started emerging. They obviously don't read the same text books as us 😀
Not the best quality but below is a video of the bats leaving the roost.
WWT staff were counting the roost and I believe they got to around 350 bats before the wind picked up and bats began returning to the roost so the count had to be called off.
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