Nine places to see bats during Biodiversity Week 2017!


17th May 2017

Biodiversity week is about to begin. With over 50 free events happening throughout Ireland, from the 19th-28th May, there’s something to suit everyone!

Bats have woken up after a long winter of hibernation, and can now be seen flitting through the air at dusk catching moths and other insects. We have nine species of this fascinating creature here in Ireland and they can be seen in rural and urban settings. There are many opportunities to learn more about them and to see them in the wild this Biodiversity Week.

Don’t hang around, watch them for yourself this week at the following events: 

Bat Walks

Explore the habitats of bats with groups such as Irish Wildlife Trust, Bat Conservation Ireland and the Vincent Wildlife Trust. Learn from experts in the field as they use bat detectors to find bats by echolocation. Listen to years of knowledge and discover the quirks and habits of Ireland’s bats.

These walks take you through woodland, parks and around lakeshores at dusk. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, and be prepared to experience the nocturnal world of bats.

Bat walks are taking place across the country. Join them in the urban setting at St.Anne’s Park in Dublin, in the private grounds of Moone Abbey House in Kildare, in Monasterevin in Kildare, in Merlin Woods and NUIG in Galway, in Ballyseedy Woods in Tralee, Kerry, and on the shores of Lough Ramor in Virginia, Cavan.


Become a bat detector with this free survey training!

BATLAS 2020 is an all-Ireland bat distribution survey of Ireland’s four common bat species. This important information is gathered by volunteers all over the country and is essential for monitoring and protecting our bat populations.

These training courses will involve an indoor presentation followed by outdoor use of bat detector equipment. This survey equipment can detect, listen to and record the sounds made by bats’ echolocation.

There are two training courses being held this year, one in Dublin and another in Kilkenny.

There are over 50 events planned for Biodiversity Week 2017. See the full list by clicking here!

About the Author

Catherine O’Toole

Catherine is a contributor to the Green News. She has a BA in Photography from DIT and has a keen interest in conservation photography.