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Bats and their habitats

Cubberla Witton Catchment Network (CWCN) Centre,                   47 Hepworth St, Chapel Hill

Saturday 2nd March

4.00 - 8.00pm


Part of CWCN series of workshops, Bat biolgists Dr Monika Rhodes and Dr Martin Rhodes will  talking  about the different aspects of bat habitat and why bats have evolved into specialist users of habitat, e.g. foraging over water or using dense forests. Moni and Martin worked with CWCN in 2014/15 to survey local microbat populations in Brisbane’s inner west.  This year, we’ll learn about these mammals’ adaptation not only to flying, but also about their wing morphology in connection to habitat use, about the use of and variance in echolocation, and why some bats are generalists and others specialists. The CWCN survey will be revisited and a discussion will be had why some bats prefer certain habitats over others.

While the workshop will mainly focus on insectivorous microbats and the role they play in our natural environment, megabats and their importance and needs are included in the discussion. A special treat will be a bat walk after dark during which participants can listen to the calls of local echolocating bats.


This workshop is part of the Australasian Bat Night 2019.

Please keep in mind that our workshops tend to be popular. We have already received many bookings. Kindly register early to secure your place. If you have any questions ring Jutta on 0407 583 441 or email


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Bat Chats

Cairns City Library

Corner Aplin and Lake St, Cairns

Friday 5th, 12th & 19th April

Saturday 6th, 13th, 20th

Sunday 7th, 14th & 21st April



Find out all about the Spectacled Flying-foxes in Cairns. All your questions will be answered by renowned bat experts. Stay to watch the spectacular evening flyout of these fascinating and endearing animals of the night.


Free event.


No bookings required.


















Sticky Beaks Bat night

Cairns City Library

Corner of Aplin and Lake St


Saturday 27th April


BatSoc Inc invite Cairns families to BirdLife Australia's StickyBeaks family group Bat Night. New members welcome. Not all creatures which fly are birds- this is an opportunity for budding birdos and their families to discover bats. While focusing on the endangered Spectacled flying-fox which calls the Cairns library grounds home, we will also detect for smaller microbats of the city. RSVP essential: Ring Golo on 0457 444 114 or email
























Mega Bat Chat

Western Lawns, The Esplanade, Cairns

Cairns City Library

Corner Aplin and Lake St, Cairns

Saturday 4th May



An extra special mega Bat Chat, following on from Cairns Bat Festival.  Bat Man, Patrick, will lead festival goers from the Salt House to the Library Grounds for the Bat Chats where we will watch the fly-out of the spectacled flying-foxes as they begin their night work. All our experts will be there including speakers from the festival to answer your questions on the Spectacled Flying-fox.





















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Photo credits:  Adam Lawrence Slater.All rights reserved by the photographer.

The 2019 bat night season is here! Below are events to be held across QLD.


Batty Boat Cruise

Departing from Mowbray Park, Thorn St, East Brisbane

Sunday 17th February



Enjoy a leisurely afternoon cruise along the Brisbane River and learn about the history of this beautiful city. You will get the chance to meet (but not touch!) orphaned baby bats on board as you watch the bats fly out over the river and listen to live commentary from a bat expert.


Cruise duration is approx 3 1/2 hours leaving around 4.30pm.                               Costs: 32 Adult; Concession $24; Child 3 -15 $16; Family (2 A, 2Ch) $85; Family (2 Ad, 3ch) $100; Group (8 Adults) $220


Bookings:                                   More information: Janelle Devery 07 3844 0129




































Bat Watch Cairns

Cairns City Library Grounds

Corner Aplin and Lake St


Saturday 16th March

2.00 - 4.00pm


BatSoc Inc will introduce local children to the Endangered Spectacled flying-fox as a follow-up on the group's previous learning about bats.  There will be games and craft and Q&A and children will learn how to be bat scientists and conservationists. Private Bat Night event.

























Bat night

Mary Cairnross Scenic Reserve, Maleny

Saturday 27th April

4.00 - 8.00pm


This year's annual Australasian Bat night will be again happening at Mary Cairnross Reserve, Maleny from 4 - 8pm. Enjoy the exciting program of events and learn about flying-foxes of the region.

























Cairns Bat Festival

Western Lawns, The Esplanade, Cairns

Saturday 4th May

11.00am - 4.00pm2.30pm


Cairn's  Bat Festival happenning again this year.  We've moved to a bigger venue to fit all the community stalls and activities! There will be expert speakers,  wildlife artists, community environmental stalls, live music, lots of batty craft activities for kids of all ages and a few surprises! Meet native wildlife. Have your face painted like a bat or get a batty tattoo (temporary).  Print your own Bat T-shirt. Suitable for families and individuals, locals and tourists alike.


Free event.


Hosted by CAFNEC and Bats and Trees Society of Cairns Inc and supported by Cairns Regional Council.




















Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal

Sunday 2nd June

10.00am - 3.00pm


Look out for the Bat Stall at  Cairns EcoFiesta.  Batty goods for sale, information on bats and batty craft activities for kids. Stall managed by Bats and Trees Society (BatSoc) Inc.


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