Bat walks 2017
Members of the public are invited to join the Manx Bat Group for some of our bat-spotting walks during the summer months. There will be an introductory talk before each public walk and bat detectors will be available to borrow. Walks will last for about an hour and a half.
Some of our events are for members only, so we encourage you to join if you are interested in bats.
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.
27th May (Saturday): Bat walk Laxey
Meet at Dumbells Row (Ham and Egg Terrace) 9.30pm.
17th June (Saturday): Bat walk and survey Ballachurry SSSI (MEMBERS ONLY)
Contact MBG for meeting point and time.
15th July (Saturday): Dusk bat watch Silverdale
Meet at Silverdale Glen new car park 9.30pm.
16th July (Sunday): Dawn bat watch Silverdale
Meet at Silverdale Glen new car park 4.00am.
19th August (Saturday): Late summer bat walk Laxey (MEMBERS ONLY)
Meet at Dumbells Row (Ham and Egg Terrace) 8.30pm till late.
26th August (Saturday): International Bat Night walk The Raggatt
Meet at The Raggatt car park 8pm.
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).