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!
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.
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.
Natural England recently provided an updated list of insecticidal products that can be used in bat roosts. Click here to view the Natural England list of products approved for timber treatment in bat roosts.
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 on every page, however, and we are always happy to help with batty queries.
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.
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. Find out more information on the DVD and instructions how to buy it.