Get close to nature with Rabbit Braes walk

Rabbit Braes Development Group
Rabbit Braes Development Group

The Rabbit Braes Development Group is making the most of the recent warm autumn weather and has orgainsed two night time nature walks during the October school holidays.

The group is hoping children and adults will come along and learn about the different species of wildlife, including rabbits, hedgehogs, owls and bats, which have made the Rabbit Braes area their home.

The night nature walks will take place on October 13 and 16, starting at 6.00 p.m. This is the best time to see the bats as they leave their roosts in the early evening.

It is believed there are at least three different types of bats living in the area, including one of the pipistrelle species and the long-eared bat.

These can often be seen flying around the Templehall area of the town at night, especially around the back of Charley’s pub on Dunearn Drive and over the park at Valley Gardens.

Lorriane Wilkinson, chairman of the group, said: “Our main aim is to instil a love for nature in the community while also developing the amazing green space we have at Rabbit Braes.

‘‘As well as seeing bats, we might be able to see some of the owls which also live in the area.

“Children from local primary schools, nurseries and community groups have all helped with the building of the bat and bird boxes for the animals to roost in, with the help of funding from the Central Scotland Green Network,” continued Lorraine.

“There is no cost whatsoever and tea and coffee will be made available afterwards in the Linton Lane Centre to warm everyone up!

“Raffle tickets will also be on sale to help raise more money for the group,” Lorraine added.

Tickets for the group’s next event, the Halloween Spooky Walk to be held on Saturday, November 1, will be on sale next week,

The funding for the walks, and any future events organised by the group, comes from the Bank of Scotland Community fund, which has short-listed the group for an award.

Depending on the amount it receives and the success of the planned walks, the money will be used to install display boards which will feature the art work of local children and groups to help promote the area.

The nature walks are suitable for people of all ages but are limited to only 25 spaces, so people should book their places in advance. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call Lorraine Wilkinson on 07742720561.