Guided Bat Walk with Outer Hebrides Bat Group (Outer Hebrides Wildlife Festival)

21st June 2024

Come and join the Outer Hebrides Bat Group on a guided bat walk around the Lewis Castle grounds. We'll meet half an hour before sunset, brief you and take a walk around the castle grounds looking for bats. As we walk, we'll talk about all things bats, their biology, behaviour, conservation and more. We'll even have bat detectors on hand to let you try them out! We'll be walking around the castle grounds, mostly walking woodland paths. The route may be as much as 2-3 km long over varying qualities of pathways, with slight undulation at times (it will also be dark) so this event may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users. 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress appropriately for the weather (remember it's late so it may begin to get colder as the walk goes on). Wear appropriate footwear for walking on mixed terrain with good ankle support. Bring along a torch and/or head torch if you have one. This event is FREE but donations are welcome. Book your place via: outerhebridesbatgroup@gmail.com.

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Outer Hebrides Wildlife Festival

22nd June 2024

Join the celebration of the wildlife and nature of the Outer Hebrides with an unmissable programme of events, workshops, walks, talks, and more! The Outer Hebrides Wildlife Festival is an opportunity to enjoy, learn about, connect with and take action for the special nature and wildlife of the Outer Hebrides. Whether you're a resident or a visitor, we can't wait to welcome you. The Outer Hebrides Wildlife Festival is an annual community-led festival coordinated by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust as part of Species on the Edge, a multi-partner nature conservation programme funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Make sure to check the Festival programme out (https://www.outerhebrideswildlifefestival.co.uk/2024-programme) as some events have limited availability so make sure to get booking! There will even be the opportunity to go out on a guided bat walk with the Outer Hebrides Bat Group and Bat Conservation Trust!

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Discover your local bats workshop (Outer Hebrides Wildlife Festival)

22nd June 2024

This presentation, aimed at beginners, invites you to explore the wonderful world of bats! It covers which bats are in the UK, how they are surveyed, and how you can find these amazing animals in your local area. It will show you how to carry out your first bat count and ways in which you can continue to develop your skills. Open to all. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any concerns or requirements around participation. This event is FREE but donations are welcome. Please book to secure your place by emailing: cbaillie@bats.org.uk.

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Guided Bat Walk with Outer Hebrides Bat Group (Outer Hebrides Wildlife Festival)

22nd June 2024

Come and join the Outer Hebrides Bat Group on a guided bat walk around the Lewis Castle grounds. We'll meet half an hour before sunset, brief you and take a walk around the castle grounds looking for bats. As we walk, we'll talk about all things bats, their biology, behaviour, conservation and more. We'll even have bat detectors on hand to let you try them out! We'll be walking around the castle grounds, mostly walking woodland paths. The route may be as much as 2-3 km long over varying qualities of pathways, with slight undulation at times (it will also be dark) so this event may not be suitable for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users. 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress appropriately for the weather (remember it's late so it may begin to get colder as the walk goes on). Wear appropriate footwear for walking on mixed terrain with good ankle support. Bring along a torch and/or head torch if you have one. This event is FREE but donations are welcome. Book your place via: outerhebridesbatgroup@gmail.com.

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NBMP Level 1 Bat Detector Workshop, Innerpeffray Library, Crieff, Perthshire, 25th July 2024

25th July 2024

This introductory bat detector workshop involves an evening classroom session followed by a practical field session starting around dusk. It is designed to provide attendees with an introduction to using a tuneable heterodyne bat detector and fundamental species identification skills, and enable them to participate in a UK-wide survey as part of the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP). The focus is on the NBMP Waterway Survey, how to separate big bats and small bats, and on identification of pipistrelles and Daubenton's bat. The workshop will be led by Andrea Hudspeth.

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