Come along to one of our free public bat walks to celebrate the 23rd International Bat Night.
You will have the chance to hear about the different species in Jersey, how they live and the challenges they face. There will be an opportunity to use bat detectors and listen to the bats flying and feeding. Hopefully, you’ll be able to see some bats too.
The walks are free (although donations are appreciated) and will be at staggered intervals between just after sunset. They will last approximately an hour and a half and you will need suitable clothing, sturdy walking shoes and a torch. Weather permitting there will be an opportunity to see some of the groups night vision recordings of bats emerging from a selection of different roosts.
There will be some items for sale at the meeting point, including our the JBG big shopping bags (made of recycled material), our cute bat bugs and, of course, the JBG notebooks (which includes a list of species that have been found in Jersey) 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 Saturday 24th August starts from the car park at Val de la Mare Reservoir, (off the Grande Route de St Ouen/St.Pierre). The walk on Sunday 25th August starts from the top car park at Queen’s Valley reservoir (off La Rue D’Aval). Suggested arrival time of 8pm, but as the walks are staggered to allow for smaller groups, later arrivals won’t miss out.
If you can’t make it along to one of the bat walks, you can also take part by looking out for bats in the comfort of your own garden or any public outdoor space. Send details of your bat sightings to the bat group via the Jersey Biodiversity Centre on the Great Garden Bat Watch form.