Bats cause building works delay at Mugdock Park

Work to create new offices and a visitor centre at

Mugdock Country Park has been delayed because of bats roosting in the building.

The new visitor centre has been created in a cottage that used to be a classroom and store room and there are two bat roosts in it.

They are maternal Pipistrelle bat roosts where the young bats are raised so they are only used during the summer months. The big roost contains about 350 to 400 bats and the smaller one has 100 to 200 during the summer. They hibernate in the woods over the winter.

Councillor Eric Gotts, Chair of the Mugdock Park Joint Management Committee, said: “The buildings at Mugdock Country Park have bat roosts which are monitored on an on-going basis by the Countryside Ranger Service.

“Any redevelopments have taken care not to disturb the roosts.

“This has meant a slight delay in the timing of building works. The new visitor centre is nearing completion and is due to open this summer.

“Bats are an important feature of the park and the countryside rangers hold educational events for the public about them. Bats hibernate over winter and start becoming active again in spring.”

Pipistrelles are the most common bat in Scotland and they are very small, weighing the equivalent of a two pence piece.