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The 2018 bat night season is here! Below are events to be held across NSW.

 

Bat Information Evening

Rotunda in Machhattie Park, Bathurst

Friday 2nd February

6.30 - 9.00pm

 

Meet at the Rotunda in Machhattie Park, Bathurst, NSW for a “bat chat”. BYO food and drink for relaxed evening. Hear from local ecologists and wildlife carers and then watch the bats fly out at approx 8.15-8.45. Colouring competition for kids.

 

Hosted by Bathurst Community Climate Action Network in partnership with the Bathurst Kangaroo Project.

 

For more information contact Tracy Sorensen.                            

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Meet a Bat Night

2nd Gordon Scout Hall, Rosedale Rd, Gordon

Saturday 3rd March

6.30 - 8.15pm

 

Enjoy Close (but safe) encounter with live bats kid’s craft activities. Your bat questions answered, along with displays and presentations. Light refreshments provided. Shortly after sunset, watch the spectacular fly-out as flying-foxes leave their roosting site to forage for the night.                        

 

Suitable for children aged 5 and above but younger siblings also welcome – all children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

 

Bookings: ESSENTIAL as numbers are limited for safety reasons when watching the fly-out.

 

For more details, email Sydney Bats or call/text 0428 981 420 with the number of adults, children and ages of children that will be attending.

 

Transport / Parking: 2nd Gordon Scouts Hall is a 10-15 minute walk from Gordon Station. Parking is also available in nearby and surrounding streets.

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Blue Mountains Bat Night

NPWS Heritage Centre

End of Govett's Leap Road, Blackheath

Friday 9th March

6.30pm

 

It's a Bat Fest!

 

Activities include bat cave for kids, bat talks, bat videos, and bat walks (bat walks MUST be booked). Also, meet a flying-fox! There will be a sausage sizzle for a gold coin donation.

 

The event is supported by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Australasian Bat Society, Blue Mounains Conservation Society, Greater Sydney Local Land Services, Australian Government LandCare Programme and Blue Mountains City Council.

 

For more details, check out the web site!

 

                       

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Bat Counting

Turrella Reserve, Turrella

Friday 16th March, 20th April and 25th May

Half-an-hour before dusk

 

On the 3rd Friday of each month WCPS members participate in regular counting of the Wolli Creek Valley population of Grey-headed Flying-foxes (GHFF) as they fly out from their camp beside Wolli creek at Turrella. In doing so, we contribute to research on the population dynamics and movement of this now Vulnerable native mammal species. The sight of thousands of GHFFs flying out in the evening is really something – a real David Attenborough nature experience.

 

It’s not that difficult to learn to count the Flying-foxes as they fly out close to dusk from their camp. To get involved, please email us. We meet in Turrella Reserve, down near the footbridge over Wolli creek, but contact us, as meeting times vary with the seasons.

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Wild Things: Spotlighting Night Walk, Bardwell Valley

Meet in the Reserve opposite 90 Broadford St, Bexley Wednesday 28th March  

7.30pm - 9.30pm

 

The Bardwell valley is an important piece of the southern inner Sydney green corridor that includes the Wolli Creek and Cooks River valleys. On this walk we hope to see and hear a range of different native wildlife including fruit bats, microbats, owls and various frogs.

 

We'll be meeting opposite 90 Broadford St in the Reserve for a short talk on some of the wildlife we hope to see, followed by a walk through the Reserve spotlighting as we go.

 

Due to the late start time of this walk and the darkness, it is suggested that this event is not suitable for children under 8. Please bring a head torch or hand torch and wear mosquito repellent and covered footwear.

 

Click here to book your spot.

 

Wild Things has been assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.

Bat Night

1st Gundaroo Scouts, Gundaroo

March - date and time to be advised  

 

Bat talk and walk for scout group.

Bat Night

Lismore, Casino, Byron Bay

March/April - date and time to be advised  

 

Series of bat talks and walks in Lismore, Casino and Byron Bay.

Bat Chats at Potaroo Palace

Potorr Palace, Bega

Date and time to be advised  

 

During Bat Night season, Potoroo Palace will have special Bat Night sessions. More details to follow.

Centennial Parklands. Spotlight Prowl Families

 

Twilight BushCare Bat Night

Lloyd Rees Park, Northwood

Saturday 10th February

6.00 - 8.00pm

 

Help beautify Northwood's foreshore by planting native seedlings before listening to expert Dr Leroy Gonsalves talk about the fishing microbats on Lane Cove River. Enjoy refreshments as the sun sets over the water.

 

Bookings essential: Book online

 

 

 

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Bat Watch Picnic

Turrella Reserve, beside Wolli Creek.

Enter via Henderson St, Turrella

Friday 2nd March

6.30pm

 

Come along and watch one of the great urban 'David Attenborough moments' during Australasian Bat Month 2018.                          

Just after sunset, watch Grey-headed Flying-foxes stream out in their thousands from their Turrella camp beside Wolli Creek.

                     

Learn more about these important night workers - our best long-distance pollinators which keep our forests healthy.                      

 

Bring a picnic dinner, rug or chair, and insect repellent. There will be batty craft for young and old to enjoy.                                        

 

For more information email bats@wollicreek.org.au

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Earth Hour - Connect to Nature

Sydney Observatory

Saturday 24th March

Time TBA

 

As part of Earth Hour and the theme Connect to Nature theme, Sydney Observatory is holding a night full of activities to get you closer to nature- including bats. Bat experts will introduce you to the world of bats  and show you how you can find which bats are around.

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Spotlight Prowl

Robertson Road Gates, Centennial Parklands            

Friday 23rd March - 6.45 pm - 7.45pm

Friday 6th April - 5.15pm - 6.15pm

Friday 25th May - 5.00pm -6.00pm

 

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.

Suitable for Adults or families  with children aged 5+. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Price: $20 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- Please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

 

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Bat Night

Workspace 2580, 56 Clinton St, Goulburn            

Wednesday 28th March

6.00 pm - 8.30pm

 

WIRES and Landcare are hosting a Bat night in Goulburn- a free event for all ages. Find out why we need bats in our environment, what ecosystems they need, where they live and where to find them. Meet some of the local species - the flying-foxes and microbats around Goulburn.

 

Bats face a number of challenges, many from human activities. Find out what you can do to support bat populations and what to do if you find a bat in trouble. Kids, there will be fun activities for you, and batty prizes. Come dressed as a bat! Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP for catering purposes to Mary at goulburnyass@lachlandcare.org.au or 0499 199 072

 

 

Goulburn Bat Night

Bats at Sunday Lunch 'n' learn

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary, Bargo

Sunday 15th April  

12noon - 2.00pm

 

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary is based in Bargo, south of Sydney South West and just north of Mittagong.    We are an Australian Flora and Fauna sanctuary on land that has been used by Aborigines for hundreds of years as a meeting place for local tribes.

 

For over 55 years, Wirrimbirra has been a set-up sanctuary and we have a yearly Lunch n Learn programme to provide information on the wonderful Australian Bush to people from all over Sydney.

   

Find out about the secret lives of bats at this special Lunch 'n' learn. Cost $25.  

WWD Bat Night