Bat Conservation Ireland (Caomhantas Ialtog na hEireann) is a Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Tax Exemption status. It is dedicated to the conservation of Ireland's bats. We promote this by disseminating educational materials, giving talks and leading bat walks, carrying out nationwide surveys and monitoring of bats, acting as an umbrella group for the local bat groups and providing a central repository for bat records.
8th Irish Bat Conference & Workshops
This event will be held in Cork on October 11th and 12th 2014. Invited speakers Dr Richard Holland and Daniel Hargreaves will speak about bat migration, and Henry Andrews will discuss his work on tree roosts and bats. You can register for the conference on Saturday, workshops on Sunday morning, or both. For more more details see the Events page. A provisional conference programme is now online.
BCIreland, as a member of the Environmental Pillar and a direct supporter of ERIN, is promoting the campaign for the inclusion of environmental protection the Irish Constitution. You can read more about the reasoning behind this and campaign goals on the ERIN website. You can help by making a direct submission to the Constitutional Convention by logging on to www.constitution.ie, click on make a submission, scroll to 'other' and type!
Windfarm Survey Guidelines
We have developed and launched guidelines for surveying for bats at windfarm sites, or where existing windfarms are proposed for extension or modification. These guidelines can be found on the publications page of this website, click here to download a pdf of the guidelines.
Lesser Horseshoe Bat Appropriate Assessment Guidelines
We have also written guidelines for dealing with the very special and highly protected lesser horseshoe bat in the Appropriate Assessment process. These guidelines can also be found on the publications page of this website, click here to download a pdf of the guidelines.
Chemicals Approved for Use in Bat Roosts
Natural England recently provided an updated list of insecticidal products that can be used in bat roosts. Also, for the Natural England list of products approved for timber treatment in bat roosts click here.
Who are you going to call?
Bat Conservation Ireland was saddened to hear that, due to funding cuts, The National Parks and Wildlife Service is no longer running the BAT HELPLINE SERVICE for people with queries or worries about bats. Our contact details are shown below, however, and we are always happy to help with batty queries.
WHITE NOSE SYNDROME
A fungal disease that has caused deaths of over 1 million bats in the U.S. has been found in a number of European countries. Bat Conservation Ireland has more information on White Nose Syndrome (click here to download pdf) and recommends that bat workers and cavers familiarise themselves with guidelines to prevent the spread of this fungus that is potentially lethal to bats.
DVD ON IRISH BATS AVAILABLE NOW
A DVD packed with information, images and film footage of Irish bats has been produced. Proceeds from the sale of this DVD will contribute to BCIreland's bat conservation work. For more information on the DVD and instructions how to buy it please click here.
Bat Conservation Ireland's address and telephone number are:
Ulex House, Drumheel, Lisduff, Virginia, Co. Cavan. Tel: 086 4049468