Of the nine confirmed resident species of bats in Ireland seven have been recorded and confirmed in County Kildare. The sites for these records are in the map on below.
The most commonly recorded species in Kildare are:
- Leisler’s Bat (Nyctalus leisleri) – our largest bat, seen flying high over fields before dusk
- Daubenton’s Bat (Myotis daubentonii) – patrols up and down waterways, one or two feet above the water
- Brown Long-Eared Bat (Plecotus auritus) – with distinctive long ears – it listens for prey rather than echolocates
- Soprano Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeous) – one of our smallest bats, often found patrolling hedgerows
- Common Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) – almost identical to the Soprano pipestelle but echolocates at a different frequency
Rarely recorded in Kildare:
- Natterer’s Bat (Myotis nattereri) – just 6 records in the county so far
- Whiskered Bat (Myotis mystacinus) – just 1 record, from north west Kildare.
Yet to be recorded in Kildare:
- Nathusius’ Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii)
- Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros)
You can learn all about these species on Bat Conservation Ireland’s website: batconservationireland.org
There is also a wealth of information on the National Biodiversity Ireland website.
An analysis of the landscape of Kildare has indentified the following landscape potential across the county.