Rare bat roost found in re­gion

The Galloway News - - GALLOWAY VIEW -

A rare bat breed­ing ground has been dis­cov­ered in the Gal­loway for­est Park.

A ma­ter­nity roost of the Leisler’s bat has been dis­cov­ered among the trees.

The bat is rare in Scot­land and it’s just the sec­ond con­firmed ma­ter­nity roost found in the coun­try, the other be­ing in Culzean Coun­try Park in 2012.

A ma­ter­nity roost is the name given to a group of fe­male bats that come to­gether to have their pups.

The Gal­loway roost, which has at least 27 adult fe­males, shows that the park’s plan­ta­tions forests are play­ing an im­por­tant part in the sur­vival of the bat.

for­est En­ter­prise Scot­land en­vi­ron­ment forester, GarethVen­tress, said: “Since 2010, a group of bat ex­perts and vol­un­teers have been try­ing to find out more about the rare Leisler’s bat in Scot­land.

“At first we knew that bat boxes on the Na­tional for­est Es­tate were be­ing used by Leisler’s bats in the CreeVal­ley and Glen­trool area of Gal­loway. Un­for­tu­nately there was no ev­i­dence of breed­ing at all.

“Over the next few years, re­search con­tin­ued but it proved dif­fi­cult to find any signs of breed­ing. In 2016 we did find a ju­ve­nile male Leisler’s in Gal­loway which con­firmed that there must be a roost nearby.

“The team de­cided to come back again this July and were suc­cess­ful in find­ing lac­tat­ing Leisler’s bats with the help of sonic lures and spe­cial­ist bat nets.We ra­dio-tagged three adult fe­male bats and were able to track them to their ma­ter­nity roosts.”

Close up A fe­male Leisler’s

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