One of Perthshire’s most popular recreational woodlands has taken on a new role as a biodiversity hotspot.
Forestry Commission Scotland’s Deuchny Wood, on the outskirts of Perth, already offers walking paths and mountain bike trails, but it is now hoped that the recent installation of bat boxes will enhance its status as a valuable conservation site.
The Forestry Commission has been working with the Tayside Bat Group on this project, utilising the members’ specialist knowledge.
The diversity of habitats within Deuchny Wood is regarded as providing plenty of food and flight routes, which makes it an excellent site for several bat species, including pipistrelle and soprano pipistrelle.
Graeme Findlay, environment manager with the commission’s Tay team, said: “Deuchny Wood is a great resource for the people of Perth, but it’s also an important place for bats. The new bat boxes we’ve installed will provide roosting places for them during the day.
“We have put up bat boxes before, but we’ve put out these new ones because some of the original batch had been occupied by birds, which only goes to show that there is a thriving and wide range of species that call Deuchny Wood home.”
Stewart Pritchard, of the Tayside Bat Group, added: “This is a great way of highlighting the fact these amazing animals can be found right on our doorstep in Perth.”