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About Us

Dumfries and Galloway Bat Group has carried out surveys for local farms and houses but we do not undertake commercial bat surveys.

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.

 

You can use the email facility on this website to contact the Secretary of Dumfries and Galloway Bat Group to arrange any of these activities.

 
What we do
The group puts up bat boxes in woodlands, 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, 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.

 

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.

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.

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.


  

Events

We attend wildlife events organised by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Forestry Commission and other organisations with  information and photographs about bats, and activities for children.

We are pleased to give illustrated talks to children and to adult groups - schools, scouts and guides, WRI and conservation organisations etc.

And, of course, we organise bat walks, using bat detectors to locate bats, throughout the region during the summer.  These are great fun and, who knows, we may find new roosts or even uncommon species.
To find out about bat talks and walks please contact the Bat Group Secretary.

 


 

 
Members

Bat work is often done at night and so if you want to survey bats you must be prepared to be out late at night or early in the morning.

We do not currently have a trainer, but people wishing to work for a Conservation Licence can learn a lot about bats and gain valuable experience by helping with activities and bat surveys.


 

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