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.
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.
Wollstonecraft - address advised after booking
Saturday 3rd March
6.30pm - 8.30pm
How many bats have you seen in your area at night? There are 22 know species in the Sydney basin. Join one of the local community events to learn more about these intriguing animals and how you can help protect and live alongside, these nocturnal neighbours! This is a free event.
Blue Mountains Bat Night
NPWS Heritage Centre
End of Govett's Leap Road, Blackheath
Friday 9th March
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!
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.
North Sydney Council
200 Miller Street, North Sydney
Saturday 10th March
5.00pm - 8.00pm
Bus to Grey-headed Flying-fox camps in Greater Sydney with the North Sydney Council Bushland Team and ecologist, Tim Pearson - Sydney Bats to celebrate Australian Bat Night. Learn about these wonderfully interesting and often misunderstood endangered animals.
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.
1st Gundaroo Scouts, Gundaroo
March - date and time to be advised
Bat talk and walk for scout group.
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.
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
Bat Watch Picnic
Turrella Reserve, beside Wolli Creek.
Enter via Henderson St, Turrella
Friday 2nd March
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Earth Hour - Connect to Nature
1003 Upper Fort St, Millers Point
Saturday 24th March
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 in 2 guided walks. More information. Bookings required.
World Wildlife Day
Gibraltar Hotel (Gibraltar Room) Bowral Ave, Bowral
Saturday 3rd March
9.15am - midday
To celebrate World Wildlife Day find out about bats and birds in Bowral. Bat expert Dr Martin Schulz will give insights into the secret world of cryptic insectivorous bats including the poorly known Golden-tipped bat and Flute-nosed Bat and sharing his research and survey experiences. Dr Holly Parsons will talk about birds in backyards and how you can contribute to scientific research and biodiversity conservation. There will be a Q&A session and the morning will conclude with Citizen Science initiatives. Morning Tea included. Hosted by Habitat for Wildlife and Wingecarribee Council. Registration essential.
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.
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 email@example.com or 0499 199 072
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.