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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

 

2 weeks ago

Dumfries and Galloway Bat Group

Another happy ending 🙂

Was brought a soprano pipistrelle adult by the SSPCA on Tuesday. It had been seen on a rock on a beach near Kirkcudbright on Monday and when disturbed it had flown a little but and landed in the sea. It was retrieved from the water and after being warmed up and given a drink a release attempt was made on Monday night, however it didn't want to fly.

The poor thing was most likely dehydrated and exhausted with this hot weather and possibly tried to get a drink from the sea. Not the best source of drinking water....

A couple of nights rest and plenty of juicy mealworms meant it was ready for release this evening. Unfortunately it flew off before i could get a picture 😕
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And they just keep on coming........ can you guess what this one will grow up to be? ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Dumfries and Galloway Bat Group

Can you believe we are half way through 2018 already!

July is a particularly busy month for bats in the UK since female bats that have had a single baby (known as a pup) are focused on raising them. Pups are dependent on their mothers milk for the first few weeks of life and only become independent after approximately six weeks
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