Holy batman it’s a flight cage!

Our Bat Hospitals are finally getting flight cages! Some of our bat carers may have been rescuing and rehabilitating bats since the 1980’s and creating bat hospitals in their homes but now in 2020 we can finally say we have flight cages – hooray! We are delighted with the final product. This flight cage will […]

Batty Events

Now that the bat rescue season has calmed down (a bit!) we as a group are now turning our attention to bat group tasks: Halloween bat events Winter training events for volunteers Swarming and hibernation surveys Bat box monitoring November Committee Meeting Winter Newsletter edition of ‘The Leisler’ for members Installing new flight cages at […]

Hats off to Derry City and Strabane District Council

More good news! We were delighted to read that Derry City and Strabane District Council have adopted a new internal policy that will help to protect bats on its estates. Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Environment and Regeneration Committee today gave their approval to plans to introduce a new Council policy to […]

Take a bow Ulster Bank

We were delighted to read the news today and see Ulster Bank have included bats in their new £20 note! The note also incorporates Derry’s much-loved Halloween celebrations in their security features – under a UV light you will see skeletons and Leisler’s bat, the largest type of bat in Ireland! Leisler’s bats sometimes called […]

Have a bat query?

Please note that we are an entirely voluntary organisation and do not employ anyone to answer or respond to calls or queries. It has been an extremely busy year for us already and so we have set up a new online system to help our volunteers manage the increased number of bat calls we have […]

Bat Pups

BAT PUPS We have had several calls already today from kind members of the public who have found a bat pup.  It’s an extremely busy time for our volunteers with calls coming in from across the country 24 hours a day – hot weather, cats and roost disturbance are the usual reasons behind grounded or […]

CIEEM Bat Training Courses 2020

Our Committee Member Dr Emma Boston will deliver two training courses at Crom Estate on 4th and 5th June 2020.  Registration required and discounts available for CIEEM members: Bat Ecology Bat Mitigation  

Merry Christmas and Batty New Year

We would like to wish all our volunteers, members, funders and partners a very Merry Christmas and Batty New Year!

New bat query reporting system

Thanks to our committee member Simon Pickett and Andy our web master from Made in Trebania, we now have a new system to report bat queries.   Go to our home page and scroll to the bottom. Click on report injured/grounded bats   It will then take you to our new system – simply click […]

Happy Halloween

It’s our favourite time of year and a great opportunity to raise awareness on bats! If you know any teachers/community groups/youth leaders wanting to do some batty activities for Halloween the Northern Ireland Bat Group’s ‘Bats a Fact’ resource is online and free to download. https://www.bats-ni.org.uk/bats-in-ireland/  – scroll to the bottom of this page and […]