Go Batty

As the nights draw in, do you want to learn more about bats and give them a helping hand?

Bats

Tayside Bat Group will be providing Dundee Science Festival visitors with an insight into these fascinating, flittering creatures, and helping them create their own bat box.

A host of other batty activities will also be on offer at Baxter Park Centre in Dundee on Sunday 9 November 2014, from 1-4pm.  To book, please email Stewart Pritchard at stewartpritchard@aol.com. Admission £5 per person.

Mr Pritchard, Committee Member of Tayside Bat Group commented, “This event is a great opportunity for people to learn about bats and take some positive action to help them out.  We will be explaining some of the intriguing aspects of bat biology and behaviour, before focusing on how temperature (warmth or lack of it) rules their lives.  We will then help visitors design and build artificial homes for bats to compensate for lost roosts while also making their own bat box to either take away and install to attract bats, or to be included in a local bat box scheme.  Many people enjoy, perhaps just in the passing, the sight of bats flying around them in the evening.  Tayside and Fife have many excellent places for bat-watching and, if the habitat is right, you might even enjoy seeing bats flying over a river pool or along a woodland edge near where you live.”

Dundee Science Festival, which will run from Saturday 1 until Sunday 16 November 2014, is a two-week city-wide celebration of science, providing fun, entertainment, inspiration and curiosity for all ages.  With a new ‘personality’, the festival will host a staggering 112 events this year, twice as many as last year.

Audiences will have the chance to explore everything from the world of forensic science and dementia to the role of optimism in sporting success and the wonders of the night sky. Meanwhile, families can try their hand at building brush robots in the Wellgate Shopping Centre and getting fully immersed in science fun at free family days at Dundee Science Centre. The festival will also fuse science with food, music and art, with an opportunity to enjoy wine-tasting and dine out in a completely darkened restaurant, or enjoy some ‘Brainsex’, with an irreverent combination of comedy, video, songs, game shows and experiments.

An array of exhibitions have also been lined up, exploring everything from dinosaurs and animations to brains and beauty, available to view at venues across the city from Centrespace, Visual Research Centre and the University of Dundee to Roseangle Arts Café Gallery.

As well as taking place in over 20 different venues throughout Dundee, festival events will branch out well beyond the city centre, with the science behind the perfect brew being held in the stunning Old Course Hotel in St Andrews, with ‘Around the world in 80 teas’.

Dundee Science Festival is supported by the Scottish Government, Dundee City Council, University of Dundee, Homecoming Scotland and EventScotland.    Other supporters include Skills Development Scotland, The Gannochy Trust and Royal Society of Chemistry.

For more information on Dundee Science Festival, and to book events, visit www.dundeesciencefestival.org, email dundeesciencefestival@dundeesciencecentre.org.uk or telephone  01382 228800.

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