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    Brenna Students Welcome First Bats of Spring to School Grounds

    Visitors to a school in Brenna, in the Beskid Śląski region, are in for a treat! Starting in May, they will have the unique opportunity to observe bats in an observatory set up in the school’s attic. Marzena Bochnak from the Brenna Centre for the Promotion of Culture and Sport told PAP that the first bats have already been spotted at the site.

    This will be a great chance for wildlife enthusiasts to learn more about these mysterious creatures and their fascinating behaviours. So if you’re in the area, don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the amazing world of bats!

    “There are already about ten of them. It is difficult to determine exactly, as not all of them can be seen,” Bochnak said. Soon, however, there will be many more, depending on the day, even around a hundred.

    Exciting news from the school attic! Spring and summer will bring not one, but two species of bats to the school attic – small horseshoe bats and great nightjars! During the winter, these bats roosted in caves in the Stołowa, Three Mounds, Grabowa and Malinowa massifs, and now, in June, the young will be born.

    Visitors to Brenna will soon have the exciting opportunity to observe the local bat population! From May 1st to September 30th, the Brenna Culture and Sports Promotion Office will be hosting observation sessions from Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – but be sure to make an appointment in advance! Marzena Bochnak, the local director, encourages visitors to take advantage of this unique chance to see these fascinating creatures.

    “The observatory will also be open during this year’s Night of the Museums, on 2 May, from 5 pm to 8 pm,” Bochnak noted.

    The observatory, which makes it possible to watch and listen to bats, consists of two parts. The bats can be viewed through a Venetian mirror. The glazing dampens sound and keeps out light. Instead, the sounds of the animals can be heard through loudspeakers. A media room has been created on the ground floor of the school for educational activities. Monitors broadcast images recorded by cameras in the attic.

    There are more than 980 species of bats in the world, including 25 in Poland, some of which are endangered. They have been arriving in the attic of the school in Brenna for many years. In late spring, young bats give birth here, which you will also be able to see.

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