What can you expect?
Members undertake surveys on behalf of the Bat Conservation Trust or other organisations, in order to monitor the population status of various species of bats. As most work is out in the evening or at dawn, bat workers have to be prepared to be out and about at ‘unsocial’ hour.
We have worked with other bat groups to check for hibernating bats in tunnels and mines, although Dumfries and Galloway does not have many such sites. Hibernacula can be investigated during the day but surveys happen at dusk and dawn - or overnight.
We attend events held by other wildlife organisations, offering activities for children and adults, bat talks and evening bat walks, as well as information and advice about bats and their roosts. We are always keen to give illustrated talks and bat walks to schools, scouts and guides as well as to adult groups such as the Scottish WRI, conservation clubs and organisations.
For bat walks we have bat detectors, purchased with grants from Scottish Natural Heritage, to listen to the echolocation calls of bats. Bat walks are great fun and, who knows, we may find new species of bats and new roosts.
We welcome new members, so if you would like to learn more about bats, have a bat roost in your house, or are generally interested in wildlife, why not join us?
Membership is presently £10 per year. Go ahead and drop us a message using the contact form and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
In the winter we have meetings and in summer undertake bat surveys and attend events and activities.
People wishing to work for an SNH licence can learn a lot about bats and gain valuable experience by helping with activities and bat surveys.
- The group puts up bat boxes in broadleaf woodland, an important job because in modern woodlands old trees, which have the sort of holes and crevices that bats like to live in, tend to be cut down for commercial or safety purposes, sometimes destroying a bat roost, or even killing bats in the process. Bats forage in conifer plantations but the trees lack holes and and are less favourable for bats. Bat boxes are monitored as often as possible, to check whether they are being used by bats and if so, by which species.
- If householders have problems with bats, we are able to give advice or practical help such as removing accumulations of bat droppings from a loft if the owner cannot do it. Where people are unhappy about having a bat roost in their house, we aim to reassure them and promote more understanding and, hopefully, tolerance.
- Dumfries and Galloway Bat Group has carried out surveys for a local Housing Association checking properties for the presence of bats when roof repairs were to be carried out, and for the Sulwath Connections Historic Graveyards Project. This involved checking for the presence of bats prior to consolidation work on ruinous churches.