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Bat Boxes Aloft on Raasay!

The uncommon provenance of the Isle of Raasay, home (sooner rather than later now that we have our planning permission) to the island’s first ever legal distillery, is a rich and unique landscape.

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Geology students from around the country travel to Raasay to discover an incredibly diverse landscape.

For us and our distillery project, we have the expansive views of the Isle of Skye across the water, and mighty Dun Caan rising behind us. Living in this breath-taking landscape are some interesting creatures.

Long before our planning permission was granted, the R&B team organised surveying for a few specific furry friends at our proposed distillery site as part of our pre-planning application.

If you’ve been following our journey for a while you’ll know that the result was bats galore in the roof of Borodale House. With our very own ‘Bat Man’ to the rescue, a plan was devised to protect these threatened species while we prepare to construct our Isle of Raasay Distillery.

Two types of bats inhabit our site; Pipistrelle and (the UK’s most North-Westerly population of) Brown Long-Eared bats. Mitigating action for bat preservation requires a Bat Hotel, The Belfry (we’re good with apt names here at R&B) in designated roof spaces of Borodale House, and bat boxes in surrounding trees.

The bat boxes are now up! In preparation for work beginning on the site in the coming months, the bat boxes have been erected. They may not look like much, but these little hideaways are imperative to the environment of the bats while the distillery comes to life.

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To avoid any potential disruption during construction, certain parts of the project will be undertaken while the bats have migrated away from the site for the Winter, but should any be found, in true superhero-style the Bat Man will place them in the bat boxes so they’ll be more comfortable.

It’s important to us that the Isle of Raasay Distillery becomes part of the landscape of this incredible island, so we’re pleased to undertake the steps that the final bat report was confident “should enhance the environment for bats at the development.”

And with that, we’re one step closer to the Isle of Raasay Distillery.

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