Starting at Larbert Old Parish Church and ending in Larbert Woods, visitors can join FES’ Bat Walk and be given the opportunity to bat spot alongside community rangers.
Attendees can become a bat detective as the night draws in, using bat detectors to pick up echo location calls and identify bats they are seeing and hearing. The rangers will also give a presentation on the local bat species and dispel myths surrounding the protected mammals.
International Bat Night has taken place every year since 1997 in more than 30 countries on the last full weekend of August. It was established to encourage people to see and hear bats in their natural environment, promote the good image of bats and help create clarity on the facts about the nocturnal creatures.
Andy Gallacher, community ranger at FES, said: “Larbert Woods is a fantastic location to spot bats and be given the opportunity to see them in their natural environment. During the walk, fellow community ranger, Gordon and I will talk about the different bat species and their habitat and lifestyle. We will also keep a bat count to see see how many different species we can find in the woods.
“People often see bats as a threat and don’t realise the benefits they bring to the ecosystem. They are one of the major contributors to keeping down intolerable night insects such as midges and mosquitoes. We have many fun facts up our sleeves about these fascinating creatures and welcome all adults and children to come along and learn all about them.”
Date: Thursday 30th August 8.30pm – after dark
Location: Meet at Larbert Old Parish Church Hall, Denny Road, Larbert FK5 3AB
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