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Helen leads hunt in Rothesay for the bats of Bute

Helen Simmons with some of the participants in the Bute Bat Walk in Rothesay on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

Helen Simmons with some of the participants in the Bute Bat Walk in Rothesay on Saturday, August 30, 2014.

 

Former Rothesay Academy pupil Helen Simmons led a party of children and adults - and two dogs - around the Meadows in Rothesay on Saturday night in a hunt for the bats of Bute.

Helen, now working as a bat expert with the Scottish Wildlife Trust, brought with her ten bat detectors which can pick up the ‘echo-locating’ pulses - undetectable to the human ear - emitted by bats to find their way around in the dark.

Most of the bats detected by the devices on Saturday were soprano pipistrelles - one of three types of pipistrelle living in Scotland - though Helen, who has spent much of this summer carrying out a bat survey on the island, has also found noctules, Daubenton’s and the rare Leisler’s bat during her work on Bute.

Saturday was also International Bat Night - and judging by the chattering sounds coming from the detectors, particularly around the trees which line the Lade next to Charlie’s Park, there were plenty of specimens out to make the most of the occasion!

 

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