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It has been a busy season of Bat Nights in Victoria this 2017 Bat Night season. But there are still events in May. May events are listed at the top in date order. Stroll down to find an event near you.


Doveton  Mega Bat Count 

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

5.15 pm 

Repeat of April and March 9 bat counts and occurs every month on Tuesday closest to full moon.  See upcoming events for details of monthly bat counts.


Meet on Floriana Avenue where it intersects  with Dandenong Creek.   We meet approximately 30 mins before dusk

Join one of the longest running monitoring programs of any bat colony in the world and help collect data to help manage the threatened grey-headed flying-fox, while viewing one of the great wildlife spectacles in the world- an evening flyout of flying-foxes. Last month there were 75,000 bats between Doveton and Yarra Bend Sites. Go batty every month and join the volunteers to count the flying-foxes as they leave for the evening.  It's not essential to register but it is helpful. Contact Rod on 0412 562 429 to register interest or for more information


Yarra Bend Mega Bat Count

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

5.15 pm


Repeat of  April and March bat counts and continuing monthly on the Wednesday closest to full moon. See upcoming events for details of monthly bat counts


Meet at car park Yarra Bend Golf Course, Yarra Bend Rd  30 minutes before dusk.

Join one of the longest running monitoring programs of any bat colony in the world and help collect data to help manage the threatened grey-headed flying-fox, while viewing one of the great wildlife spectacles in the world- an evening flyout of flying-foxes. Has the bat population continued to drop from its 115,000 high in March over both sites? Go batty every month and join the volunteers to count the flying-foxes as they leave for the evening.  It's not essential to register but it is helpful. Contact Rod on 0412 562 429 to register interest or for more information.


La Trobe Australasian Bat Night 2017

Post-poned- Check for updates of new date

7 - 9pm    

La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary,

La Trobe University, Bundoora   (Melways 19G5)


Originally planned for Wednesday, 26 April, this event has had to be postponed. Details of the new date will be given soon here and on social media.


Come and learn more about these amazing creatures and see them up close. Join us for supper and a chance to chat with our presenters for the evening.  


•Dr Lindy Lumsden (ARI)

•Dr Pia Lentini (Melb Uni)

•Casey Visentin (Melb Uni)

•Stephen Griffiths (La Trobe Uni)  


We will be giving away a bat box as a door prize on the evening.

Dress according to the weather conditions. To avoid insect bite use insect repellent and/or covered clothing.

RSVP essential:  


Past Events

Bat Night at Challicum with ecologist Peter Homan

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Western Vic

"Challicum" Land for Wildlife property,

Geelong Rd near Buangor for Upper Hopkins Land Management Group

6.30 pm


Learn about the many species of bats found on farming  land in our region and their importance as pollinators and insect predators. Starting with a bbq at 6,30, we will then set up some traps just before dusk. Peter will explain a little of his work and share his knowledge of local bats before we return to the field to check the traps. Please bring a torch, sturdy footwear and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers. BYO bbq food for your family, salad to share, drinks, and plates and cutlery. Upper Hopkins LMG will provide bread, condiments and tea and coffee.

RSVP  by 23 Feb to  Una Allender on or 0419 981 920 0 or Celia Tucker on 0409 138 581 or



Bat night

Friday 17 March

Aquamoves, Shepparton

6.30pm - 8.00pm


Batman Robert Bender is returning to Shepparton to share his passion for Bats!


Discover the local bats of Greater Shepparton with expert bat enthusiast, Robert Bender. Meet at Aquamoves crèche at 6.30pm for a one hour information session on out local bats and stay for a spotlight walk after dark.


Bring the kids along and get them engaged with these fascinating animals. Register to participate by email to or call 5832 9714.


Don't forget sturdy shoes, drinking water and a torch for the spotlight tour!



Bat Night 

Friday, 24 March 2017

Wyndham Cultural Centre 177 Watton St, Werribee 3030.

8pm - 10pm


Discover some of our unique and lesser known wildlife at Bat Night!


Hear from ecologist Rob Gration as he explains all about these elusive creatures, before heading out to participate in a survey of bats in Wyndham Park. reen living Series Event organised by Environment & Water, Wyndham City.


Free event. Bookings essential. Contact 9742 0777.

Note: Wait list only. Fully booked."



Nillumbik Bat Night

Friday, 31 March 2017Vic

6.30 - 8.30pm  

Panton Hill Living and Learning Centre, Bishops Rd, Panton Hill 3745


Smiths Gully Landcare group invites you to attend a bat presentation as part of Australasian Bat Night. Learn about the fascinating world of bats by listening to bat expert Robert Bender talking about their diversity in Nillumbik, vital ecological role, and how we can protect their habitat. Following the presentation we will go on a short walk in Bunjil Reserve to see if we can locate them with hand held bat detectors! Bat pictures and masks will be given to children to take home and colour in. Meet at Panton Hill Living and Learning Centre. Free event. Light snacks provided. The invitation is open to everyone, kids are very welcome.

Bookings are essential.

Please RSVP by email to or phone 0408 934 347.


If possible, please bring your own:

       -Costume — dress up like a bat! Each child dressed up will receive a small prize.

         - Appropriate outdoor clothing. Part of the presentation will be spent outside.

          -Torch.                                                                                                                                                                                  More information:


Our Wildlife Neighbours - Seminar on Fauna Survey results from local reserves

Wednesday, 5 April 2017


Grand Hotel, Warrandyte

Eastern suburbs Melbourne


John Harris, Director and principal zoologist of Wildlife Experiences,  will discuss the results of fauna surveys undertaken in 2016 at Currawong Bush Park and 100 Acres reserve. More than 70 species of wildlife were recorded during the brief survey, including many birds, frogs, reptiles and ten species of mammals including microbats.  This is the perfect introduction to the field trip on Saturday which includes harp trapping of microbats and spotlighting in 100 Acres Reserve.



Thursday, 6 April 2017Vic

Geelong botanic Gardens.

from 5.30pm

Meet at Eastern Park Golf Club Carpark, Eastern Park Circuit


Geelong Botanic Gardens is once again holding "Batwatch" in Eastern Park during the Easter School holidays.

Children’s activities from 5.30pm. Bats fly our soon after sunset.

•See the fruit bats fly out from their day-time roost

•Learn about bats and their importance to our environment

•Join in children’s activities while waiting for the sun to set

•Enjoy a BYO picnic tea in Eastern Park.


BYO Torch and dress for the outdoors

Bookings are essential. You need to book and pay online via:     


Cost: $7.40 per head; A combination of four people aged over 5 yo - $25."


Learn about bats night

Friday, 7 April 2017country

7pm - 8.30pm  

Buchan Caves Reserve Swimming Pool, Caves Rd Buchan


All welcome to enjoy a free evening learning about and viewing our Flying Foxes and Microbats.

See the Grey-headed Flying Fox camp and watch them fly off, then move to the swimming pool and watch the Eastern horse-shoe bats  fly out of the cave that fills it. Bring insect repellent and a drink. Suitable for all ages. Meet at the Reserve Swimming Pool at 7 o'clock.

Contact Kim Van Dyk for further information or just turn up on the evening.



Castlemaine Bat night

Friday, 7 April 2017


Fellowship Room, hall behind the Uniting Church,

Lyttleton St,


(next door to the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Museum)


Castlemaine Field Naturalists invite members and visitors to hear about  "My inevitable transformation into Bat Girl" by Emmi van Harten (nee Scherlies).  


Local PhD student, Emmi van Harten is fascinated with the world of bats. For the past two years she has been researching the critically endangered southern bent-wing bat in South Australia. With the help of 45 volunteers, Emmi has microchipped almost 2000 bats and is shedding light on the lives of these elusive mammals to inform recovery of the population.


During the presentation, Emmi will share stories about bats, her research and the findings so far, as well as her inevitable transformation into ‘Batgirl’. The story will start and end here, in the box-ironbark forests around Castlemaine, Victoria.


Doors open from 7.15pm, with the meeting starting from 7.30pm.  Members and visitors welcome to this free event.

Membership to CFNC for those that are interested:

Contact for more info:



Our Wildlife Neighbours - Night time spotlight and microbat survey walk with John Harris

Saturday, 8 April 2017

7.30pm -  9.00 pm.  

100 Acres Reserve, Manningham


John will lead a spotlight walk around 100 Acres Reserve, looking for some of our wildlife neighbours, and in recognition of Australasian Bat Night, he will attempt to trap some microbats to educate participants about these fabulous local animals and allow a closer look at them.  

Bookings are essential as places are limited. Call 9840 9124 to reserve a place. Meeting place will be given upon booking.



Bat Night

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Near Benalla

10am - midday  

The Mokoan Hub

652 Lake Mokoan Rd Winton North 3673


You’re invited to join the Friends of Winton Wetlands as they host internationally recognised bat ecologist, Dr Lindy Lumsden.

Learn about the fascinating local bat species, get an up close look at some real live bats, check out our bat nest box display and bring the kids so they can participate in the ‘bat quiz’ and flying fox races for a chance to win great ‘batty’ prizes!


This is a free family friendly event!

Presentation begins at 10am sharp at Mokoan Hub, with lunch available to be purchased from the Mokoan Hub Café after the event.


Please RSVP to or 0467 448 100



Whittlesea Bat Night

Friday, 21 April 2017

7pm - 9pm                                                                    

Tuttle Recreation Reserve                                      

523 - 525 Epping Rd, Wollert, Vic 3750


Whittlesea Council  and the Australian Bat Society invite you to come along to Whittlesea’s Australian Bat Night. Robert Bender, bat expert and manager of a number of bat box projects in Melbourne will talk about the fascinating world of bats including, their diversity in Whittlesea, vital ecological role, and how we can live with them and protect their habitat.

Following the presentation, we will go on a short walk amongst the surrounding River Red Gums to see if we can locate them with hand held bat detectors!

This event is designed for people of all ages with schools and local community groups welcome to come along as well. A door prize of a bat box will be available to take home for one lucky person.

On the night you need to bring a jumper in case it is cold, sturdy shoes for the sort walk and a torch.

A light supper will be provided and so it is essential that you book in advance to secure your place and catering purposes.


For further information about the event please call the Sustainability Planning team on 9217 2025.  Free event


Night Life in the Bendigo Bush

Saturday, 22 April 2017

5.40pm Bendigo Family Nature Club  

Number 7 Park Granter St,  Bendigo


You are invited to an evening of nature science & fun. Discover night creatures in their habitat & learn about their mysterious lives. SATURDAY NIGHT 22ND APRIL. 5.40 pm BENDIGO FAMILY NATURE CLUB (BFNC) is hosting a free activity For children and minors, accompanied by, a parent or carer. We have an expert Bat Woman Emmi Scherlies, fresh from delivering a bat presentation at Naracoorte Caves, SA, who will talk about her researchon the critically endangered Southern Bentwing bat.  Emmi and  other bat folk will attempt to capture some of the tiniest micro bats in the world. Although you are not to touch, you will see these amazing creatures up close if our capture scheme is a success. Other activities will include listening in on the secret life of bats using a bat detector to pick up their high-frequency calls, and spotlighting other creatures of the night in the Bendigo Forest with experienced qualified field guides. Identify and see what the nightlife is doing. See images from a special habitat camera.  If you like you are welcome to dress a bit batty.  


Booking is essential, please read instructions. Indicate the number of children and adults in your booking group using the online form.

More information:

Supported by Bendigo Sustainability Group, Bendigo Field Naturalists and the City of Greater Bendigo

















Australasian Bat Night events - Victoria




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