Tiny bat species found on World Heritage Site island for first time
Tourists snapped the tiny mammal on the island, 45 miles north east of North Uist in the Western Isles.
A bat has been discovered on island of St Kilda for the very first time.
Tourists snapped the tiny mammal on the island, 45 miles north west of North Uist in the Western Isles.
Bats were not thought to exist on St Kilda, which is a popular tourist destination and an Unesco World Heritage Site.
Lindsey MacKinlay, nature advisor for the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) said the tiny bat was a nathusius pipistrelle.
He said: “This is absolutely brilliant. Its fantastic. We are well chuffed.
“Despite giving people bat detectors on St Kilda for years, we have never found a bat before.”
The NTS now plan to carry out a “systematic bat survey” on the island.
However, it is believed that the bat may have travelled to St Kilda from mainland Scotland.
Anne Youngman, Scottish officer with the Bat Conservation Trust, added: “This is a really exciting find.
“But we don’t think it lives there all the time as it prefers freshwater and woodland - not the saltwater on windswept St Kilda.”