Bat’s the way to do it
Holmhills Park event is a success
Cambuslang kids became night owls in their search for bats during the first ‘Bat Watch’ organised by a communuity park group set up in the town.
Organised by Friends of Holmhills Wood Community Park (FoHWCP), the Last Friday’s Bat Watch was a chance for local families to catch sight of the bats flying around the park on a late summer’s evening.
The Bat Watch was led by two South Lanarkshire Council Countryside Rangers, Abi Boyd and Kerry Thomson, and supported by FoHWCP Group members Michelle Farmer, Alison Park and Andy Wilson, and by Karen Smith from Project 31.
FoWCP Chair and Cambuslang Community Council member, Michelle Farmer said: “I am delighted with the turnout at this event.
“It was an absolute pleasure to watch the group of young children walking around the park with little bat detectors and their torches looking and listening intently for bats.
“Bats are fascinating animals but are so little known.
“They play an essential part in the natural world but many species are threatened with extinction.
“In the UK, they and their roosts are protected by law.
” The event was fully booked in advance and was so popular that, unfortunately, some people had to be turned away due to the limited number of bat detectors which were available.
“Given the interest, we will certainly look at organising this kind of event again”.
After an evening of bat watching, the young children were treated to hot chocolate and sweets kindly donated by Karen Jarvie, the Community Champion from the Tesco store in Burnside.
The Bat Watch was the third event organised by the Friends of Holmhills Wood Community Park, set up by Cambuslang Community Council earlier this year.
Since the group was formed, there have been a number of improvements to the park.
Michelle said: “We are delighted that local people are benefiting from the improvements that have been made to the Park over the last year by SLC Land Services, the Community Pay Back Team, SLC Housing and Technical Services and the SLC Education Department.
“We encourage local people to check the Cambuslang Community Council website for more details on park improvements and future events at www. cambuslangcommunitycouncil. com.”
Michelle first mooted the idea of clearing up Holmhills last year.
She was concerned that it was slowly being left to rot, with pathways starting to crumble, plantlife becoming overgrown, and, as a result, fewer people choosing to go into the park.
After urging locals to roll up their sleeves to help bring the park back into community use, the transformation has been dramatic.
The first ever litter pick event, supported by the council, in June proved a real hit with 25 volunteers showing up to help.