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All bats in the UK use high frequency sound (echolocation) to
orientate themselves and find food in the dark.

A study of bats at Birkhill Fireclay Mines on the River Avon, Scotland

Neil E Middleton, Christopher Gould and Kirsty Morrison
During 2003 and 2004 a small number of bat surveys were carried out at Birkhill Fireclay Mines (near Bo'ness, Scotland), in order to establish activity and diversity of species present. We adopted a number of methods (i.e. harp trapping and bat detector surveys) resulting in us establishing that the site was being used for roosting and/or foraging purposes by at least three species of bat (Myotis daubentonii, Pipistrellus pipistrellus and Pipistrellus pygmaeus). This paper provides an overview of the site, the methods adopted and the results obtained.

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