Rare bat roost found in region
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