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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

 

Hi all, at the beginning of September I'm looking to do a big mammal day in Scotland. I'm hoping it will draw some attention to the brilliant diversity Scotland has to offer. The aim is to finish off in Dumfries and Galloway and ideally at Threave Castle to try and find as many of the sites bats as possible. Is there anyone on here, or anyone to can put me in touch with those active at Threave who might be able to point me in the right direction of the best locations for different species at the site? I'm planning on doing a good write up which should also promote different areas, organisations and the overall importance of mammals in Scotland. Any help much appreciated. ... See MoreSee Less

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