Don’t miss the once-every-three-year opportunity to join us for the Irish Bat Conference! On October 14th and 15th 2017 in Leopardstown, Dublin, bat workers, researchers and volunteers from all over the island and beyond will present talks, posters and workshops. See our events page for more information.
This event due to take place on June 22nd has been postponed due to circumstances beyond our control. We’ll reschedule it as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused!
We are delighted to announce that our fund for grant-aiding bat-related research, conservation and events in Ireland is again open. The deadline for 2017 applications has been extended to May 29th to facilitate those seeking funding. Applicants must be a member of Bat Conservation Ireland. There are four separate types of funding available: funding for bat groups, Irish-based bat researchers, funding for events and finally for carrying out bat conservation work.
Our new BATLAS 2020 co-ordinators Simon Pickett and Emma Boston are eagerly taking on volunteers who want to help us map the bats of Ireland in the coming three years. If you would like to participate in this scheme please claim your 10km square, or attend one of our BATLAS training events here. BATLAS 2020 is funded in the Republic of Ireland by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
In order to roll out BATLAS 2020 across the Republic of Ireland we are seeking a committed bat worker with experience in working with volunteers and large datasets. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in the BATLAS 2020 Co-ordinator contract position. In addition, we are seeking bat workers to join our panel of regional trainers and surveyors who will be trained in the method and will be contracted to survey their own and adjacent counties from 2016-2018. For more details see BATLAS2020_Advertisement_May2016
Bat Conservation Ireland is delighted to announce the establishment of grant funding for bat-related research, conservation and events in Ireland. The deadline for 2016 applications has been extended to May 23rd to facilitate those seeking funding. There are four separate types of funding available, funding for bat groups, Irish-based bat researchers, funding for events and finally for carrying out bat conservation work.
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.
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.