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It has been a very active Bat Night season this year in NSW and events are still happenning in May.  May 2017 events are listed at the top in date order.  Find one near you!

 

Family Spotlight Prowl

Friday 5 May:  5.00 - 6.00 pm

Wednesday 17 May: 4.45pm - 5.45pm

Centennial  Parklands. Meet at Robertson Road Gates.                      

Cost  $19pp

 

There are two final family Spotlight prowls in May.

Centennial Parklands is home to a variety of nocturnal creatures, from brushtail possums, microbats and tawny frogmouths to one of Sydney’s largest colonies of grey headed flying fox.

Join our experienced Rangers for a fascinating and surprising spotlight walk to see how the Park transforms when the sun goes down.

Dusk is a great time to see wildlife, especially microbats, which we will be using bat detectors to seek out.

Please bring a torch with you on the night.

Family friendly. Children must be aged 5+.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bookings essential. Online only. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Price: $19 per person (Please book tickets for all attendees i.e. 4 tickets for 2 adults and 2 children)

Please visit our Eventbrite webpage to purchase tickets:

Eventbrite - Spotlight Prowl (Family Night Walk)  http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/autumn-spotlight-prowls-ages-5-tickets-30315530568

Special notes

This event is not catered for children’s birthday parties however if you would like to book a private group spotlight prowl please call Centennial Parklands education on 9339 6645.

Additional Information: http://www.centennialparklands.com.au/whatson/events/spotlight_prowl_families

 

Habitat for Hollows and Nest Box workshop

Friday, 19 May 2017

10am - 1pm

Mansfield Reserve,

9 Mansfield Road Bowral

 

Come along to watch an arborist create habitat through hollows in a stag tree and learn more about nest boxes.

 

Please bring warm, protective clothing, water and a picnic lunch

 

Register at: www.habitathollowworkshop.eventbrite.com.au

More information: Call Council's Bushland Project Officer on 02 4868 0828

 

www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/habitat-for-wildlife/        

Hosted by Wingecarribee Shire Council and funded through Environment Levy.

 

 

 

Past Bat Nights

'Meet a Bat' Night

Saturday 4 March

2nd Gordon Scout Hall, Rosedale Rd,

Gordon

6.30pm - 8.15pm

 

Get to meet flying-foxes up close and learn much more about them!

 

What’s happening:

Meet our education flying-foxes, and learn more about them.

Talks, displays, kids’ craft, have all your questions answered by our bat experts! And finally, watch the spectacular fly-out as the flying-foxes leave their roost in Ku-ring-gai Flying-fox Reserve on their nightly search for food.

Light refreshments provided.

 

Parking: Available in surrounding streets.

 

Public Transport: Gordon railway station is a 10-15 minute walk from 2nd Gordon Scout Hall.

 

Children: Most welcome, suitable for 5 years and older, but younger siblings also welcome; all children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

 

Cost: FREE but bookings essential (numbers are limited to ensure safety when crossing Rosedale Rd to view the fly-out).

 

Bookings: web@sydneybats.org.au or call/text 0428 981 420

 

Jointly hosted by Ku-ring-gai Bat Conservation Society Inc. and Ku-ring-gai Council.

 

 

Blue Mountains Bat Night

Friday 10 March

NPWS Heritage Centre, Govetts Leap Rd,

Blackheath

6.30pm

 

Come to the Blue Mountains Bat Night and join in the fun and activities:

 

•Meet a flying fox

•Bat cave for kids

•Bat talks

•Bat Walks (bring torches)

•Dress up as a bat

•Enjoy a sausage sizzle

 

Enquiries: 02 4787 8877

Supported by Blue Mountains City Council, Australasian Bat society, NSW NPWS,  Blue Mountains Conservation Society, Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Landcare.

 

 

Wolli Creek Bat Night

Friday 10 March

Turrella Reserve, Earlwood

Enter via Henderson Street, Turrella (close to

Turrella station) or Finlays Avenue, Earlwood.

Time 6:30pm

 

Come to one of the great urban ‘David Attenborough moments’

during Australasian Bat Month 2017. Watch Grey-headed Flying-foxes stream out from their Turrella camp in their thousands at sunset. Share this ‘wow’ experience with friends and family. Learn more about these important night workers – our best long distance pollinators. Bring a picnic dinner, rug or chair and insect repellent. There will be batty craft for young and old to enjoy.

 

 

Bat Mobile

Saturday 11 March

North Sydney Council Chambers

5pm

 

Jump aboard the bus to the Grey-headed Flying-fox colonies in Greater Sydney with the North Sydney Council Bushland Team.

 

Come and celebrate Australasian Bat Night (Month).

Enjoy an informative presentation by Tim Pearson from Sydney Bats.

 

This is a unique, family-friendly activity.

 

Free of charge. Bookings essential

 

>> BOOK HERE <<

 

Australasian Bat Night

Friday, 17 March 2017

Warriewood Wetlands Manly.

7.15 - 9pm

Come and join our local ""batty"" expert Dr Brad Law to celebrate Australasian Bat Night! You will enjoy an evening walking beautiful Warriewood Wetlands learning all about our native Australian Microbats and Flying-foxes and using special bat detectors to identify and record their presence.

A fun-filled and informative evening for all ages.

Meeting point provided on booking.

Bookings Essential

Online, in person: Coastal Environment Centre, Lake Park Road, North Narrabeen or

Phone: 1300 000 232 (Reception - Option 1)

 

Come and go batty in March. Microbat box installation

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Newcastle

9am Kotara Park (meet near Scout Hall, Kotara, Newcastle)

Come and go batty in March. Join your local Landcare group to learn more about our furry neighbours and help install microbat boxes. To book call 4974 2622 or email  aweingott@ncc.nsw.gov.au Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water, and rain jacket if rain is forecast.

 

Come and go batty in March. Microbat box installation

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Newcastle

1:30pm Aries Way Reserve (meet next door to 80 Aries Way, Elermore Vale)

Come and go batty in March Join your local Landcare group to learn more about our furry neighbours and help install microbat boxes. To book call 4974 2622 or email aweingott@ncc.nsw.gov.au Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water,) and rain jacket if rain is forecast.

 

Come and go batty in March. Dusk Habitat Hike 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Newcastle

7pm. George McGregor Reserve (meet opposite 25 Cambridge Drive, Rankin Park)

 

Come and go batty in March Explore Newcastle bushland reserves for microbats and other night-life on a Dusk Habitat Hike. To book call 4974 2622 or email aweingott@ncc.nsw.gov.au Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water, a torch and rain jacket if rain is forecast.

 

Come and go batty in March. Dusk Habitat Hike

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Newcastle

7pm

Jesmond Bushland (meet opposite 31 Robinson Avenue, Lambton)

 

Come and go batty in March Explore Newcastle bushland reserves for microbats and other night-life on a Dusk Habitat Hike. To book call 4974 2622 or email aweingott@ncc.nsw.gov.au Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water, a torch and rain jacket if rain is forecast.

 

Come and go batty in March. Microbat box installation

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Newcastle

Wallsend Brickworks Park (meet at end of Iranda Grove, Wallsend, Newcastle )    

9am

 

Come and go batty in March Join your local Landcare group to learn more about our furry neighbours and help install microbat boxes. To book call 4974 2622 or email aweingott@ncc.nsw.gov.au Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water, and rain jacket if rain is forecast.

 

Come and go batty in March. Microbat box installation

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Newcastle

1pm

Bushland Corridor (meet next door to 20 Barellan Street, Lambton,  Newcastle)

 

Come and go batty in March Join your local Landcare group to learn more about our furry neighbours and help install microbat boxes. To book call 4974 2622 or email aweingott@ncc.nsw.gov.au Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water, and rain jacket if rain is forecast.

Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water, and rain jacket if rain is forecast.

 

 

Bat Night in Wello! Twilight Bat night

Tesday 28 March

Community Garden, Scout Hall,

corner of Pierce and Gisborne Sts,

Wellington

6.30pm

 

BRING TORCHES! Gather at the Community Garden, Scout Hall, corner of Pierce and Gisborne Sts, to check out the bat boxes and have a presentation of what to look for when we go to the river at Cameron Park with the bat detector and torches. Be Prepared! Lots of freebies and fun!

More information and to book: info@mml.org.au

 

Come and go batty in March. Dusk Habitat Hike

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Newcastle

6.45pm

Wallsend Brickworks Park (meet on Victory Parade, Wallsend - opposite Crest Road)

Come and go batty in March Explore Newcastle bushland reserves for microbats and other night-life on a Dusk Habitat Hike. To book call 4974 2622 or email aweingott@ncc.nsw.gov.au Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water, a torch and rain jacket if rain is forecast.

 

Come and go batty in March. Dusk Habitat Hikes

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Newcastle

6.45pm

Richley Reserve, Blackbutt (meet in carpark - duck pond end)

 

Come and go batty in March Explore Newcastle bushland reserves for microbats and other night-life on a Dusk Habitat Hike. To book call 4974 2622 or email aweingott@ncc.nsw.gov.au Please wear covered shoes, long pants, bring a bottle of water, a torch a torch and rain jacket if rain is forecast.

 

Goin' batty for bats

Friday 7 April

Lake Parramatta Reserve, North Parramatta

5.30-8.00pm

 

The City of Parramatta Council will again be holding our “Goin Batty for Bats” activity (a walk and talk). Learn about these amazing creatures and what we can do to protect them. Suitable for adults and for children over 7 and their families. Meeting point will be confirmed closer to event date.

 

·Enrolments are compulsory for both children and adults. Please bring your tickets to the event.

·Children under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.

 

To register for the event go to City of Parramatta Event Calendar.

 

 

Family spotlight prowl

Friday 7 April, 5.30-6.30pm

Wednesday 19 April, 5.15-6.15pm

Friday 5 May, 5.00-6.00pm

Wednesday 17 May, 4.45-5.45pm

Centennial  Parklands

Meet at Robertson Road Gates

 

Centennial Parklands is home to a variety of nocturnal creatures, from brushtail possums, microbats and tawny frogmouths to one of Sydney’s largest colonies of grey headed flying fox. Join our experienced Rangers for a fascinating and surprising spotlight walk to see how the Park transforms when the sun goes down. Dusk is a great time to see wildlife, especially microbats, which we will be using bat detectors to seek out.

Family friendly. Children must be aged 5+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: $19 per person (Please book tickets for all attendees i.e. 4 tickets for 2 adults and 2 children).

Please bring a torch with you on the night.

Bookings essential. Online only.

 Please visit our Eventbrite webpage to purchase tickets:

 

Special notes

This event is not catered for children’s birthday parties however if you would like to book a private group spotlight prowl please call Centennial Parklands education on 9339 6645.

 

Additional Information: https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/whatson/events/spotlight_prowl_families

 

 

Batty About Bats

Saturday 8 April

Oyster Cove Reserve,

Wondakiah Drive, Wollstonecraft

5pm

 

Celebrate Bat Night with the North Sydney Council Bushland Team.

Families and community members will enjoy a play - Batty the Grey-headed Flying Fox - from 5pm, and then watch a Fishing Bat fly-out with Dr Leroy Gonsalves at dusk.

 

Synopsis of the Play

Batty the grey-headed flying fox is about to have a pup.

She’s been on the move ever since she left the Royal Botanic Gardens and is worried about what’s going to happen to her baby if she can’t find a home fast. She finds an unlikely friend in Possy, the little Ringtail Possum who has confused her with a fox that flies!

 

To add to Batty’s woes Lady Beatrice Barrenbottom the Third has a big problem with bats and she is trying to convince Ranger Bob to do something drastic.

 

Can Possy help save Batty from homelessness?

 

Free of charge, but bookings essential.

 

>> BOOK HERE <<

 

 

Australasian Bat Night - talk and spotlight walk

Saturday 8 April

Chatswood West - address provided upon booking

6.00-8.30pm

 

Note: Waitlist only! This Event is booked out. To go on the waiting list for this activity or register your interest in this subject, email liz.powell@willoughby.nsw.gov.au

 

Join Ecologist Narawan Williams and Andrew Souter for an evening talk about the big and little bat species in our area. You will hear about what is happening with flying fox colonies and discuss some of the issues around this species. This will be followed by an easy walk to discover these and other local night creatures in the area.  

 

Wear closed-toe walking shoes and full-length trousers as well as clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day. Bring a torch, water and a snack plus binoculars if you have them.

 

This activity is scheduled to occur in Mowbray Reserve but may be relocated to Clive Park. This page will be updated once location confirmed.

 

Once booked you will receive an email one week prior to the event requesting that you confirm your booking. Information on the location of the meeting point for the walk and talk and any other details will be sent after confirmation is received.

 

If, after booking, you find that you can no longer attend please notify the contact person.

 

Contact: on 0297777871 or email liz.powell@willoughby.nsw.gov.au

 

 

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah Bat Night

Saturday 8 April

Blue Mountains  Botanic Garden Mount Tomah    

Waratah Education Centre

Bells Line of Rd

Mount Tomah, NSW

5.00pm-7.30pm

 

Welcome to the inaugural  Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah Bat Night. The evening includes ‘meet a bat’ + bat-themed quiz, talks, spotlight walks and games. All info at www.blue-mountains-bats.eventbrite.com.au    

 

Cost $10 – $60

 

We're going bats at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden! Come along to this fun, family-friendly evening to meet a bat, take part in a fun bat quiz, play games and go on a rare after-hours tour to look for nocturnal wildlife in the Garden!

 

The night is packed with bat-themed fun:

Meet a bat! Have a close encounter with a Flying Fox.

Q&A Where do bats live? How do they navigate and hunt? What's the difference between bats and flying foxes? All your batty questions will be answered by Blue Mountains ecologist Marg Turton and Science Communicator Vanessa Barratt.

 

Ultrasonic Games: Do you have super-human hearing? Can you hear a bat-call? We'll be using our electronic 'chirper' to listen to the calls of different kinds of bats. We'll also play a game of track-the-bat using our bat-detectors!

 

Bat Quiz: Who will be crowned the Bat Quiz Champ? Everyone can join in! Test your bat-knowledge and win some batty prizes.

 

Videos: We'll be watching some cool videos of bats in action.

 

Spotlight Prowl: With torches and bat-detectors in hand, we'll head out into the night! We'll be taking a rare guided spotlight prowl to look for micro-bats and other wildlife in the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden.

 

This event is part of the wider ‘Australasian Bat Night’ event program, designed to debunk the myths and fears associated with bats, and demonstrate how better conservation measures can not only help protect our native bats but also assist people to live alongside our nocturnal neighbours!

 

This event is suitable for Adults and Children 8 years and over (must be accompanied by an adult).

 

Light refreshments will be offered.

 

This event is proudly supported by Inspiring Australia.

 

Bats in our environment - talk and walk

11 Apr 2017

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Kiama Community Gardens

Havilah Place Kiama, NSW

 

Bats, both large and small, play an important role in the healthy functioning of our environment, both locally and regionally. The last couple of years have seen increased pressure on a couple of these bat species, particularly the grey headed flying fox. Lack of food and heat wave conditions have led to mass mortalities across the nation for this species, and fracturing of camps leading to smaller satellite camps setting up in areas like Kiama.

This workshop is a great opportunity to learn more about these fascinating creatures. Local ecologist and bat expert, Garry Daly will present an informative talk followed by a walk to view a local flying fox colony right here in Kiama. The talk will be suitable for older children, so families are encouraged to attend.

Open to all residents of the Kiama Municipality.

This is a FREE event but bookings are essential.

Enquiries: (02) 4232 0444

Who should attend:

This event is open to everyone.

How to get there:

If you wish to use public transport to get to this venue, please visit Transport NSW.

 

Hang out with the bats

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

5pm - 7pm.

Camelia Gardens,.

104R President Ave, Caringbah NSW.

 

This Sutherland Shire Council Bushcare event is perfect holiday fun for the kids, but it's for all ages and it's free! Come along to Camellia Gardens and watch the bats fly out of the park as they head off to all parts of the Greater Sydney region looking for food. Other activities will include a demonstration of the microbat echolocator app. Meet in the lower car park off Kareena Rd. Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hang-out-with-the-bats-12-april-tickets-33262885185?aff=es2#tickets

 

Bat walk and talk 

Thursday, 20 April 2017

6.45pm - 8.30pm

Sydney Park, Sydney Park Rd,

Saint Peters, NSW 2044

 

Learn about our wonderful microbats in Sydney Park with our guest ecologist Dr Leroy Gonsalves. We’ll be taking a walk in Sydney Park after the sun goes down to learn about these wonderful creatures of the night. We won’t be able to hear them with our ears, but will carry around bat detectors to help us find them. By the end of the walk, you’ll understand why the City of Sydney Council has listed them as a priority animal to look after.

 

You’ll need to bring closed footwear and a small torch. A jumper in April is usually recommended. The evening won’t go ahead if there is rain or strong winds and we’ll have to reschedule for a later date. Bring your own snacks as it won't be a catered workshop.

Bookings essential. https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/bat-walk-and-talk-tickets-32680242485?aff=es2

 

Adults only spotlight prowl

Friday 21 April

Centennial Parklands

Meet at Robertson Road Gates,

Centennial Park

5.15-6.15pm

 

We are offering alternative adults only spotlight prowls during the autumn. Centennial Parklands is home to a variety of nocturnal creatures, from brushtail possums, microbats and tawny frogmouths to one of Sydney’s largest colonies of grey headed flying fox.

 

Join a Parklands Ranger for a fascinating and surprising adults only spotlight walk to see how the park transforms when the sun goes down.

 

Dusk is a great time to see wildlife, especially microbats, which we will be using bat detectors to seek out.

 

General Information

Age: Over 18's only

Price: $19 per person

 

Please bring a torch with you on the night.

 

Bookings essential.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please visit our Eventbrite webpage to purchase tickets.

 

More information: https://www.centennialparklands.com.au/whatson/events/spotlight_prowl_adults_only

 

Bat Night

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Parramatta Park, Sydney.

4pm - 6pm

 

Join WIRES North West  for a presentation on bats and to watch the spectacular evening flyout of the grey-headed flying-foxes. Activity packs for children and information leaflets available. Contact for more information:  Deborah Martin 0417 817 587 or wiresnorthwest@gmail.com.

 

 

 

                                   

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