Bat night event for Enniskillen

Published: 3rd May 2016

Have you ever wondered what a bat sounds like? Or want to learn more about what these nocturnal creatures are doing whilst you are asleep?

If so, make your way to a special free event taking place at the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen at 8.45pm on Friday 13 May 2016 to find out more.

The bat night event has been organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and the Northern Ireland Bat Group to raise awareness of local biodiversity and celebrate International Biodiversity Day which takes place on May 22.

Bats are shy and unobtrusive animals, seen only in the dim light at dusk. Their wings make them look bigger than they really are, and as they swoop down after insects, people may sometimes feel uneasy.

The bat night event will dispel some of the most common myths about bats.  Did you know they aren’t blind and they will not drink your blood? At least the ones we get in Northern Ireland don’t!  After a fun talk inside, participants will be taken on a guided walk along the Castle Basin to seek out bat activity with bat detectors, which convert the high pitched calls of the bats used for echo location, to a lower frequency audible to humans.

Bats are one of 13 species selected for priority action in the recently launched Fermanagh and Omagh Local Biodiversity Action Plan which outlines actions to protect and promote the rich natural heritage and wildlife of the Fermanagh and Omagh district.

Woodlands and hedgerows, wetlands, and bog are just some of the habitats selected for action, together with key local species including breeding waders, bats, bumblebees, red squirrels, orchids, the European eel and more.

The bat night event is free to attend however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.  All children must be accompanied by an adult. As part of the event takes place outside please dress appropriately and bring a torch.

To book your place at the bat night event or to find out more about biodiversity in the district, please contact Julie Corry, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Biodiversity Officer on 0300 303 1777 or email julie.corry@fermanaghomagh.com.

 

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