The Powerscourt Blog

‘Bat Walk’ along Powerscourt River Walk

Posted by Aoife O'Driscoll on May 27, 2013 2:07:00 PM

Enjoy an evening stroll along Powerscourt River Walk with Ian Edwards and the team from the National Parks and Wildlife Service as they look for bats that live in the area. The guides based at Wicklow Mountains National Park have been leading bat walks at Glendalough for many years and enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for these fascinating creatures. They will be using electronic bat detectors to listen in to the bats as they look for their insect prey. Forget the myths and sinister associations and discover the truly amazing abilities of Irish bats at Powerscourt!

Powerscourt River Walk

Bats provide a fantastic service few people think of. From moths to flies, earwigs to spiders, bats do a wonderful job of controlling the number of insects, many of which are crop pests. All of the ten species of bat found in Ireland eat abundance! For example, the tiny pipistrelle bat (which fits inside a small matchbox) can eat over 3000 midges and mosquitoes a night!

River Walk Powerscourt

Access to Powerscourt River Walk is reserved for annual members so this is a great opportunity for the public to explore this peaceful part of the estate. The bat walk takes place on the 23rd of August at 8pm and is free of charge. The meeting point is outside Powerscourt Garden Pavilion at 7.45pm.  Please bring insect repellent and a torch to light your way. See for more information.

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Venue: Powerscourt River Walk, Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

Contact Details: W: T: (01) 204 6000

Date and Time: 23rd August at 8pm, meet at Powerscourt Garden Pavilion at 7.45pm. 

Free of Charge and no booking required 

Topics: Powerscourt Estate, Powerscourt River Walk, Events