Australasian Bat Society

Wednesday, 24 April 2019 - 7:45pm
Yarra Bend Golf, Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield

Be part of the longest running bat population monitoring program in the world and enjoy the amazing spectacle of the evening fly-out. Since 1986, thousands of volunteers have been conducting monthly counts of Melbourne's grey-headed flying-foxes. This data is critical for monitoring health of the colony and for understanding the incredible movements of these important pollinators and seed dispersers across the Australian landscape.

Repeated 27 March, 24 April, 22 May and then monthly at dusk on Wednesday evening closest to full moon.

Where and when are they?

There are now two monthly counts, which are held at Yarra Bend near Fairfield, and at Doveton, approximately 45 minutes south-east of Melbourne.

The Yarra Bend Count is held at dusk on the Wednesday evening closest to the risen full moon. We meet in the car park for the Yarra Bend Park Golf Course, on Yarra Bend Road. We meet approximately 30 mins before dusk to give us enough time to get organised and walk a few hundred metres to the counting positions, which are positioned on and around a golf course. It is important to be in our counting positions on time so we can count the bats as they leave. See the calendar below for the 2019 dates of upcoming counts and meeting times. Follow the link below to see the map of meeting point at Yarra Bend Golf Course car park.

What will you need to bring?

During the summer season it’s good to bring some mosquito repellent, wear long sleeves and long pants as the mozzies can sometimes be out in force. During winter, wear something to keep you warm. You may want to bring some water, a camera, binoculars, and a torch is always helpful to guide you back to the car park.

What happens if the weather is bad?

The bats are not silly and will delay their fly-out if the weather is cold, windy and rainy – a bit like us in the middle of a Melbourne winter! Therefore, the count will be cancelled on days like that, and I will update the blog by about 3 or 4 pm on the day of the count.

How do you register?

Although it’s not essential to register, it can be helpful to estimate how many counters we’ll have for the night and to advise you if the count has been cancelled due to bad weather. If you want to leave a quick ‘I’m coming’ message on here you can do; and also whether you’ll be coming with friends and or family would be helpful. If you’re unsure if the count is going ahead, please call or sms Rod on 0412 562 429.

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