Bat Talk and Walk, sponsored by and held at Astellas, with Conor Kelleher, Bat Conservation Ireland. By the end of the evening, I think we all grew to love bats and appreciate all they do to make our lives better – from gobbling up vast amounts of midges to pollinating banana flowers. Later in the evening we saw 3 different species of bat down by the riverside.
A Walk on the Bog in the company of peatland ecologist, Dr Patrick Crushell, who introduced s to the strange and wonderful ecology of the bog. Some of the wonders we saw were the sundew, an insect eating plant and the properly scary looking water scorpion.
Birdwatching for Beginners was a gentle stroll by Caragh Lake with Frank King, BirdWatch Ireland, who entertained us with a selection of interesting bird facts recounted in a delightful style that was easy to understand and engage with. Basic informational birdwatching material was handed out to encourage us all to go further with observing our avian friends. One the day we spotted Sand Martins, a heron … and about a million midges (where are the bats when you need