Volunteers needed for bat survey

Volunteers are being sought for the seventh All Ireland Daubenton’s Bat Waterway Survey. Are you interested in surveying your local waterway for Daubenton’s bats on two nights during the month of August? If so, join us for free training on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 8pm in Drumsna Community Resource Centre, Drumsna. The training will involve an indoor lecture followed by a practical session using bat detectors on a local river.

Volunteers are being sought for the seventh All Ireland Daubenton’s Bat Waterway Survey. Are you interested in surveying your local waterway for Daubenton’s bats on two nights during the month of August? If so, join us for free training on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 8pm in Drumsna Community Resource Centre, Drumsna. The training will involve an indoor lecture followed by a practical session using bat detectors on a local river.

This survey is part of 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 2011, 229 waterways were surveyed across the island. Your help is needed to increase coverage for the island.

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 nine 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 two 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 Arts, Heritage and Gealtacht and NIEA, Northern Ireland.

If you would like more information or would like to register, please visit www.batconservationireland.org For any queries please contact Tina at info@batconservationireland.org or 086 4049468.