BCIreland completed a pilot scheme in autumn 2015, funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, to trial methods for BATLAS 2020. The aim of BATLAS is to map the distribution of four target bat species across the island. The results of this pilot, which was co-ordinated by Dr Isobel Abbott and carried out by volunteers around the country, are now available to download on our reports and publications page. Many thanks to everyone involved. We are looking forward to rolling out the scheme island-wide in (a hopefully warmer) summer 2016.
Archives for 2015
We are truly delighted that our book Irish Bats in the 21st Centuryy has won the 2015 award for Best Practice in Knowledge Sharing from the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM). CIEEM is a professional body with members across Ireland and the UK. The award ceremony was held in the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on June 25th and two of the book’s authors, Tina Aughney and Niamh Roche, were present to receive the award.
Bat Conservation Ireland supports the Nature Alert! campaign to facilitate people across the 28 EU countries to participate in the European Commission public consultation to help save nature conservation laws.
The campaign, which is being organised by BirdLife, the European Environmental Bureau, Friends of the Earth Europe and WWF, is part of a joint action of over 90 environmental NGOs across Europe to save European nature from Commission President Juncker’s deregulation agenda.
Irish bats are particularly at risk of any degradation of wildlife laws and are vulnerable to habitat loss, pollution and deliberate killing. We urge you to click through to the Nature Alert campaign hosted by our friends in the Irish Wildlife Trust and pass your comments to the EU before it is too late.
Bat Conservation Ireland launched its first book about Irish bats on Saturday 11th October 2014, with the help of Ella McSweeney of RTE. It is 173 pages, full colour and packed with lots of the information on Irish bats that has been gathered over the past 10-15 years, much of it by volunteers. It is now on sale, RRP €30. Information on where to buy the book is available here Flier.