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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 @ 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
Land based Whale Watching
May 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will be leading several land based whale watching events around the country on Saturday May 21st. Start times and meeting places to be announced.

Locations:

  1. Loop Head, Co. Clare, meeting at Lighthouse, leader Mags Daly Ph. 083 8401102,email: mags.daly@iwdg.ie
  2. Dun Na Mbo, Co. Mayo, leader Sean Pierce Ph.086 8368736, email pierceboystp@gmail.com
  3. Rathlin Island, Co. Antrim, meeting at West Lighthouse, leader Pádraig Whooley Ph.086 3850568, email: padraig.whooley@iwdg.ie 
  4. Howth Head, Co. Dublin, meeting @ Balscadden Car Pk, little shop (Howth Hub), leader Dave O’ Connor Ph.087 6665049, email: dave@wolfhoundtours.com
  5. Cloghna Head, West Cork, meeting @ Galley head view car park, leader Denis O’ Regan Ph.083 3369775, email: watch@denis.co
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

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
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