- Sunday 27th August
- Please arrive anytime between 7.30 and 8.30 p.m.
- JBG members will guide groups around the route and there will be some talks about bats along the way.
Celebration of Bat International Night – two public walks
The Jersey Bat Group will be taking part in the International Bat Night celebrations by hosting not one but two public bat activity walks. These will take place at Val de la Mare reservoir on Saturday, 26th August and at Queen’s Valley reservoir on Sunday 27th August (with the kind permission of Jersey Water).
History of International Bat Night
Bats have an important role to play in our eco-system, and some of them are becoming endangered. International Bat Night was established to help promote a greater awareness and understanding of bats and why they deserve to be protected. This celebration is held by bat groups across the British Isles, such as the Jersey Bat Group, and the Bat Conservation Trust, to coincide with International Bat Night (formerly European Bat Night) which is organised by Eurobats. The Bat Night has taken place every year since 1997 in more than 30 countries over the last full weekend of August.
Bats are one of the major contributors to keeping down night insects like midges and mosquitoes, and if you go camping, walking, or simply sit in the garden of an evening, you will appreciate anything that helps with that! There are also bats in other parts of the world that feed on nectar and fruit, and actually help to pollinate and spread the seed of plants, in some cases they are the major, or indeed only, pollinator for that plant (think chocolate and tequila….)
These are just the beginnings of the wonders of bats, and International Bat Night is a great time learn more about them!
How to celebrate International Bat Night
One of the best ways to spend International Bat Night is by enjoying the quiet of night and watching the skies in your nearest bat habitat. You can join one of the Jersey Bat Group walks and celebrate the night with the members. You will have the chance to hear about the different species in Jersey (18 at the last count!), how they live and the challenges they face and to listen to bat sounds on bat detectors as well as, hopefully, seeing the bats themselves.
The walks are free (although donations are appreciated), and you can arrive anytime between 7.30 and 8.30 p.m. JBG members will guide groups around the route and there will be some talks about bats along the way. There will also be a chance to use a bat detector. You can expect the walk to take about an hour. You will need suitable clothing, sturdy walking shoes and a torch. There will be some items for sale, including our new JBG notebooks at only £4.50 each (very useful for your own use and lovely as a gift for family/friends) and there will be hot drinks and cakes/biscuits at the end.
There is no need to book but, as the walks are usually very popular, if you can car-share that would be appreciated. The walk on 26th August starts from the car park at Val de la Mare Reservoir, (off the Grande Route de St Ouen/St.Pierre). The walk on 27th August starts from the top car park at Queen’s Valley reservoir (off La Rue D’Aval).
For further details contact Jersey Bat Group firstname.lastname@example.org