Bat walks 2016
Members of the public are invited to join the Manx Bat Group for bat-spotting walks during the summer months. There will be an introductory talk before each walk and bat detectors will be available to borrow.
Wear sturdy shoes and warm clothes and bring a torch. Under 16s welcome with an adult. For any last-minute changes please see this website or our Facebook page at facebook.com/manxbatgroup.
28th May (Saturday): Bat walk Lezayre
Meet at Churchtown loop road SC423941 9.30pm.
25th June (Saturday): Bat walk Glen Maye to Glen Rushen
Meet at the Glen May (waterfall) car park SC235797 10pm.
30th July (Saturday): Bat walk Ramsey woods
Meet at Ramsey hairpin SC449934 9.15pm.
27th August (Saturday): International Bat Night bat walk Port Soderick
Meet in Port Soderick main car park (up the hill from the beach) SC346726 8.15pm.
24th September (Saturday): Bat walk Laxey
Meet at Brown's Terrace car park SC432847 7pm.
We have produced a booklet of recommended walks, with advice on how to go about finding bats on the Isle of Man. This was produced by students at Oxford Brookes University, working with the Manx Bat Group and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (now DEFA). Copies are available at libraries, tourist information centres and heritage sites, or click the photo for an online version.
The seven bat walks are illustrated by colour maps and photographs. Each includes information on public transport and car parking. All walks start with a mention of places with architectural or historical interest and, where necessary, give warnings of muddy footpaths or other hazards.
This practical booklet will appeal to walkers and naturalists alike as the walks can be taken in the daytime too, without the bats! The text is by the late Penny Gillman, to whose memory this booklet is dedicated.
Click the photo to read the Bat Walks booklet online, or click here to download/print the PDF (2.3MB).