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May
16
Sun
Virtual Bat Box Building @ Online
May 16 all-day
Virtual Bat Box Building @ Online
Having already joined us for a talk on bats, people will be supplied with bat box kits to make up in their homes, and then send us photos
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED
BIODIVERSITY WEEK – Workshop:
Virtual Bat Box Building

Some tidy towns groups in Fingal have already attended a talk on bats and these people will be supplied with bat box kits which they will make up on Sunday 16 May. They will make these in their homes, and send the photos of the boxes to us. Sites for the boxes have been chosen in Balbriggan, and the boxes will be put in place when COVID guidelines allow.

May
17
Mon
Introduction to bats in Limerick @ Online
May 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Introduction to bats in Limerick @ Online
Where to find bats in Limerick, what they do and how to attract them to your garden. Introduction to LBG Bat detector loan scheme.

Limerick bat group regularly gets queries from people who are interested in learning more about bats in Limerick and also how to use bat detectors. Because we are limited with Covid restrictions we often can’t get out to survey bats throughout the county. We are planning to run some online events on zoom to address those needs during biodiversity week. This listing is for the first of these events which will link to the second.

This online event will take place Monday 17 May at 7-8pm. “Introduction to bats in Limerick” will introduce participants to the different species and distribution of bats in Limerick. They will also learn about how they can help bats in their gardens and communities and where bats might be in their neighbourhood. During this event, we will determine interest for our second event and take names and addresses to post out detectors on-loan. Please note a small deposit will be required to borrow a detector and preference will be to loan them to people in and around County Limerick. This will be accompanied by a bat fact sheet and an online recording form .

The second event will take place on Friday 21 May at 7-8pm. “Using heterodyne bat detectors” and details will be on the separate event page. A final third event – Bat Rescue, will follow on the 25th of May.

These events will be fully covid compliant as participants can do the training online and the bat detectors will be posted out to the participants.

After the training the participants can self- direct but we will support through our bat group facebook page. We will set up a whatsapp group for those loaning detectors also.

There will be no charge for the public other than a refundable deposit for bat detectors that are loaned out.

May
18
Tue
Bats in Ireland – a Virtual Exploration of Bats likely to Visit your Garden @ Online
May 18 @ 7:30 pm
Bats in Ireland – a Virtual Exploration of Bats likely to Visit your Garden @ Online

This talk will be delivered by bat expert Dr Tina Aughney as a combination of Zoom presentation and videos of bats in in her garden.

This online, virtual experience will be delivered by bat expert Dr Tina Aughney as a combination of Zoom presentation and videos of bats in her garden in Co. Cavan. Tina will go through bats that are likely to be attracted to your garden; hedgerows, plants and flowers that are likely to encourage bat activity; and trees, bat boxes, eaves and crevices in the surrounds of your garden that are likely to host/encourage bat roosts.

Tina has over 15 years’ experience in running bat conservation monitoring programmes and personally has developed a biodiversity haven in her own garden. She is committed to preserving native Irish plants and shrubs, which when under threat from development projects, find a new home in her back garden. Her COVID-19 project in 2020 was to install a pond in her back garden, which is a great way to encourage bats in your back garden through insect predation.

This virtual experience is a free event and will take place during Biodiversity Week 2021.

May
21
Fri
Mammals of the Wild Atlantic Way – the lesser horseshoe bat @ Online - video
May 21 @ 2:00 pm
Mammals of the Wild Atlantic Way - the lesser horseshoe bat @ Online - video

Premiering on Galway Beo Facebook and
Galway Beo YouTube Channel
Vincent Wildlife Trust present a short
film about the lesser horseshoe bat,
which is Ireland’s most strictly protected
bat species. The lesser horseshoe bat
colonised Ireland 6,000 years ago and
its distribution is currently limited to six
western counties: Mayo, Galway, Clare,
Limerick, Kerry and west Cork. Viewers
can discover the world of one of Ireland’s
smallest mammals and Vincent Wildlife
Trust’s work to conserve it.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_bWW4CrzofP-4HlMwjTMfg

Using Heterodyne Bat Detectors @ Online
May 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Using Heterodyne Bat Detectors @ Online
Introduction to using heterodyne bat detectors, where to find further resources and the Limerick Bat Group detector loan scheme.

This is the second event during biodiversity week by Limerick Bat Group “Using heterodyne bat detectors” . During this session we will introduce participants to using a bat detector to identify common and soprano pipistrelle, Leisers and Daubentons bats. We will show them how to use the bat detector and they will use the detector to record bats in their area. This can be included as part of their tidy towns application under biodiversity if relevant. This will also provide valuable additional data on bats in Limerick and the records will be submitted to the NBDC as well as on the online Google form for Limerick Bat Group. We will also direct attendees on where to buy bat detectors, what to look for, where to find further information on identifying bats including online resources and training courses. We will discuss the Limerick Bat Group bat detector loan scheme and how it will progress based on interest.

These events will be fully covid compliant as participants can do the training online and the bat detectors will be posted out to the participants.

After the training the participants can self- direct but we will support through our bat group facebook page. We might set up a whatsapp group for those loaning detectors also.

May
22
Sat
How can Community Groups help their Local Bat Populations? @ Online
May 22 @ 7:30 pm
How can Community Groups help their Local Bat Populations? @ Online
Learn more about the 9 different bat species in Ireland, a well as the 2 vagrant species from bat expert Dr. Tina Aughney.

This online, virtual presentation will be delivered by bat expert Dr Tina Aughney, who will introduce the audience to the 9 different bat species in Ireland, as well as the 2 vagrant species. She will discuss what they eat, where they can be found, where they roost and habitats that are suitable for bats. She will also go through markers of how to identify if bats are present in your local area.

She will introduce participants to bat box schemes and how bat roosts can develop from their introduction.

Finally, she will introduce participants to bat detectors, which are a sure way to detect bat activity in an area. She will also discuss the Daubenton’s All-Ireland Waterways Survey, as part of this section, which will encourage those who are interested in further developing their ‘Citizen Science’ skills to participate in the area of bat conservation in a practical way.

Time will be given at the end for participants to ask questions.

This event is aimed at those who have little to no knowledge of bats and their habitats, or those wanting to revise their knowledge of Irish bats.

This talk is a free event and it will take place during Biodiversity Week 2021.