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May
20
Fri
Lesser Horseshoe Bats and More – Bat Walk @ Curraghchase Forest Park
May 20 @ 8:15 pm
Lesser Horseshoe Bats and More – Bat Walk @ Curraghchase Forest Park

Join Limerick Bat Group at the Carpark by the playground, Curraghchase Forest Park, for a batty fun-filled evening! This walk will start at 8.15pm and using bat detectors you can listen in on their ultrasonic calls and watch these elusive creatures in flight. Join Tanya Slattery, as she shares her knowledge of Irish bat species and their life cycle with you.

Details:

  • Please wear appropriate footwear and warm outdoor clothing, wear a hi viz vest and bring a torch.
  • Children are very welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Events are weather dependent.  Please visit Limerick Bat Group Facebook Page for any updates: https://www.facebook.com/limerickbatgroup

Please Note: This event needs to be booked in advance.  Please check the details for this event and book your place here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/lesser-horseshoe-bats-and-more-tickets-328912475067?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR3YvWLYLOd30RWYzGenGkVUcgefJ1s10tBFIKC8AqrdbdemTMsVtPOjt28

This event is free and open to all. It is being held as part of Biodiversity Week 2022.

Bat Walk @ National Botanic Gardens
May 20 @ 9:15 pm – 10:30 pm
Bat Walk @ National Botanic Gardens
Wander the Gardens at night in search of beautiful bats

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust for a free National Biodiversity Week event hosted by the National Botanic Gardens. At this exciting evening bat walk you will have the opportunity to walk the National Botanic Gardens at dusk with an Irish Wildlife Trust guide in search of beautiful bats. We will learn about the life cycle of these fascinating creatures and hopefully get to see and hear some of the bats of the Bots.

Please bring warm clothes as this event takes place after sunset. Children are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Booking is compulsory for this event access to the National Botanic Gardens will only be allowed for people with bookings. Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iwt-bat-walk-at-the-national-botanic-gardens-tickets-330647775397

Bat Walk @ Portlick Forest, Westmeath
May 20 @ 9:40 pm
Bat Walk @ Portlick Forest, Westmeath

Join Midland Bat group for a bat walk in the grounds of Portlick Forest, Co. Westmeath

Participants will meet at Car Park of Portlick Forest, Co. Westmeath at 9.40pm to learn more about the bat species found there and observe them in the forest.

Details:

  • Please wear appropriate footwear and warm outdoor clothing, wear a hi viz vest and bring a torch. 
  • Children welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.

Please Note: This event is weather dependent.  Please check the Midland Bat Group Facebook page on the day for confirmation: https://www.facebook.com/Midland-Bat-Group-1620298824911199/

This event is free and open to all. It is being held as part of Biodiversity Week 2022.

 

More info: https://www.batconservationireland.org/event/bat-walk-at-portlick-forest-co-westmeath

Mayo Bat Group Biodiversity Week Talk and Walk
May 20 @ 9:45 pm
Mayo Bat Group Biodiversity Week Talk and Walk

Mayo Bat Group will be running a bat walk/talk for Biodiversity Week in conjunction with Belcarra Community Group.

The talk will be held at Belcarra Community Centre and the walk will take place afterwards on the Belcarra Riverside Walk and from the Bridge in the centre of Belcarra over the Manulla River.

Start time of the talk will be 9:45pm.

This will be followed by a break, where tea & biscuits will be kindly provided by the Belcarra Community before going on the walk.

Details:

  • Please wear appropriate footwear and warm outdoor clothing, wear a hi viz vest and bring a torch. 
  • Children welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • All Events are weather dependent.  Please check Mayo Bat Group’s Facebook Page for any updates: https://facebook.com/batgroupmayo

To learn more about Mayo Bat Group, please visit their Facebook page for further information: https://facebook.com/batgroupmayo

This event is free and open to all. It is being held as part of Biodiversity Week 2022.

View this event on Bat Conservation Ireland’s website: https://www.batconservationireland.org/event/mayo-bat-group-biodiversity-week-talk-and-walk-at-belcarra-castlebar

May
21
Sat
How to build a bat box and improve your garden for bats
May 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
How to build a bat box and improve your garden for bats

This talk and mini workshop is hosted by Limerick Bat Group and will be led by Sean Hartigan.

We will meet at Castletroy Town Park, Limerick and have a chat there. Sean will demonstrate how to build a bat box and there will be a small number of pre-cut bat boxes to be put together on the day.

Bats are an important part of the ecosystem and we will discuss why they are important and how to improve your garden for bats and biodiversity. This is a family orientated event but all minors must be accompanied by an adult.

We will have limited numbers of bat boxes for this talk so booking is a must, however a ticket does not equate to a bat box and the number of boxes available will depend on availability of materials on the day.

Please ensure you:

  • bring torches
  • wear appropriate clothing; and
  • keep an eye on the event page in case any event changes need to occur.

You can email us at limerickbatgroup@gmail.com with any queries.

Book one ticket per up to 4 people please.  Bookings can be made here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/how-to-build-a-bat-box-and-improve-your-garden-for-bats-tickets-334663295927?aff=efbeventtix

Bat Walk with Meath Bat Group @ Sonairte
May 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Bat Walk with Meath Bat Group @ Sonairte

To celebrate Biodiversity Week 2022 (15th to 22nd May) join Sonairte on Saturday 21st of May for a Bat Walk and Survey event with the Meath Bat Group. The Meath Bat Group is a member of Bat Conservation Ireland, a charity group dedicated to the conservation of bats and their habitats.

This event starts at 8 PM in the Long Hall with a presentation on bats to learn more about various species in Ireland and their habitats. As the sun goes down, the Meath Bat Group will take you around the Sonairte grounds on a bat walk/bat survey. This event is expected to end around 11 PM, but there will be opportunity to leave earlier for families with children. 

More info and tickets: https://sonairte.ie/event/biodiversity-week-bat-walk-with-meath-bat-group

Pre-“Bat walk” activity for families @ Sallins Pier
May 21 @ 8:30 pm
Pre-“Bat walk” activity for families @ Sallins Pier

Pre-“Bat walk” activity for families with Sallins Tidy Towns @8.30pm

A child-centred event to learn about bats for families who have booked a place on the Bat Walk.

Booking: sallinsbiodiversitygroup@gmail.com. This event is free and open to all.

Location: Sallins Pier

Hosted by Sallins Biodiversity Group with Kildare Bat group

Bat Walk @ Sallins, Co. Kildare
May 21 @ 9:30 pm
Bat Walk @ Sallins, Co. Kildare

Join Kildare Bat Group at Sallins, for a batty fun-filled evening! This walk will start at 9.30pm and using bat detectors you can listen in on their ultrasonic calls and watch these elusive creatures in flight. You will learn more about Irish bat species and their life cycle as the walk progresses.

Details:

  • Please wear appropriate footwear and warm outdoor clothing, wear a hi viz vest and bring a torch.
  • Children under 18 are very welcome, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • No prams or bikes please, as they are not suitable for the terrain.
  • Unfortunately dogs are not allowed at this event.
  • Events are weather dependent.  If there is heavy rain on the night, the walk will be cancelled, but an alternate night will be chosen and those who booked a place for the walk will be notified. Places are limited, so please book early.

Please Note: This event needs to be booked in advance.  Please e-mail: kildarebatgroup@gmail.com to reserve your place.  Full details will be provided to you, when you book your place.

This event is free and open to all. It is being held as part of Biodiversity Week 2022.

More info: https://www.batconservationireland.org/event/bat-walk-sallins-co-kildare

May
22
Sun
Virtual Bat Box Building @ online
May 22 all-day
Virtual Bat Box Building @ online

This event has been booked out.

Donna Mullen (chair of GFI) has already given a talk about bats to Connecting Cabra in Dublin 7 and they were very keen to be involved in building their own bat boxes, along with the Cabra Men’s Shed. You can see details on the Events page of our website here: https://www.greenfoundationireland.ie/biodiversity-weekvirtual-bat-box-building22-may-2022/ and on the Eventbrite page here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/virtual-bat-box-building-tickets-341160479177 – please note that this event is already booked out!

Bats in your Back Garden @ online
May 22 @ 8:00 pm
Bats in your Back Garden @ online

Join bat expert Dr Tina Aughney for this online, virtual experience as she goes through a presentation and videos of bats in her garden in Co. Cavan.  Tina will talk you 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 personal biodiversity 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 it will take place on 22 May 2022, during Biodiversity Week.  It will be open to the public across Ireland to attend, as long as they register.

This event is free and open to all. It is being held as part of Biodiversity Week 2022.

You will need to register for this event.  Details on how to register will be available here: https://www.batconservationireland.org/event/bats-in-your-back-garden