We monitor bat populations in Ireland, funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency. The monitoring schemes we manage are
- All-Ireland Daubenton’s Waterways Survey
- Car-based Bat Monitoring Scheme
- BATLAS 2020
- Brown Long-eared Bat Roost Monitoring Scheme
- Lesser Horseshoe Bat Monitoring Scheme
All of these projects involve local involvement of volunteers and conservation agency staff.
We act as an umbrella group for the local bat groups.
We write and disseminate educational and information materials.
We give talks and lead bat walks.
We organise bi-annual island-wide conferences to provide a platform for discussion among Irish and international bat researchers and a forum for presentation of new bat research results.
We (try to) regularly update the website which provides information about bats, downloadable reports and acts as a portal to sources of bat information.
We actively promote nature conservation in Ireland by being represented on the Environmental Pillar and as a member of the Irish Environmental Network (IEN).
We offer extensive support and training to members of the public to survey their local bat populations.
We provide a central repository for bat records and data sharing with appropriate agencies.