Discover bats with Kildare Bat Group this August

Kildare Bat Group are delighted to be supporting Heritage Week events again this year. Members have organised events in Pollardstown Fen and Donadea. We are also supporting the events in Glendalough and Powerscourt below. Why not come along on one of the evenings and discover some of the bats in and around Kildare?

Glendalough – Thursday August 15th – bat talk and walk with experts from Glendalough. Meet 7:30pm at the Education Centre at the upper lake car park.

Pollardstown Fen – Tuesday August 20th – bird ringing demonstration (by experienced, licensed bird ringers) and bat walk. Meet at the car park at 8pm. Wheelchair accessible. All welcome…but no dogs (bar guide dogs) please.

Donadea Forest Park – Wednesday August 21st – bat walk. Meet outside the coffee shop at 8:30pm. All welcome. The walk is free, but Coillte do charge a €5 entrance fee per car to the car park.

Powerscourt Gardens Pavillion – Friday August 23rd – bat walk. Meet at 7:30pm. See for all the details.

See you there!

Daubenton Bat Training – Clane July 23rd

It is the 8th year of the All Ireland Daubenton’s Bat Waterway Survey and we are seeking volunteers. Are you interested in surveying your local waterway for Daubenton’s bat on 2 nights during the month of August? If so, join us for free training evening at the Westgrove Hotel, Clane, County Kildare @ 8.00 pm on the 23rd July. This event is co-hosted with Kildare Bat Group. This training will involve an indoor lecture followed by a practical session using bat detectors on a local river.

daubentonThis survey is part a monitoring scheme recording the activity of the Daubenton’s bat. These yearly surveys allow us to determine whether the population of this bat species is increasing or decreasing. The more volunteer teams we have the more accurate our information is. In 2012, 218 waterways were surveyed across the island, 12 of which were in County Kildare. Your help is needed to increase coverage for the county.

The Daubenton’s bat is known as the water bat because of its preference to roost and feed close to water such as rivers and lakes. It is easy to identify because of all of our 9 resident species of bat, it is the only species that will be seen continuously skimming the water surface as it is feeding on insects. Surveyors will be in teams of 2 people. Bat Conservation Ireland will provide the use of a bat detector for the survey.  No prior experience is needed.

The All Ireland Daubenton’s Bat Waterway Survey is funded by the NPWS, Department of Environment, Heritage and Gaeltacht and NIEA, Northern Ireland.

If you would like more information or would like to register, please click onto the following internet web link: