Melb’s bat population this week and two “batty” events coming up

Thanks to those who made it to Doveton and/or Yarra Bend this week. For the first time, both camps have similar numbers of bats – about 16,000 – 18,000 in each  On this tally, Yarra Bend can’t be considered the primary camp in Melbourne anymore!

Next counts are 3rd and 4th March, at Doveton and Yarra Bend, respectively.

And there are two bat events coming up in the next few weeks.  I am giving a breakfast talk to the Earthwatch Alumni and Friends (open to anyone!) about the Flying Foxes of Melbourne on Monday 23rd Feb in Melbourne and for those with an artistic flair, why not join fellow bat-counter and artist Kathy Holowko in her Brunswick studio and help sculpt 200 flying-foxes for the “Batmania” installation at Fed Square?  Further details on both events are below:


earthwatch alumni logo

Join us to hear one of our Earthwatch scientists, Dr Rodney van der Ree, reveal all about Melbourne’s bats – from the Botanic Gardens to Yarra Bend, and beyond.

on Monday 23 February, 8.30am – 9.30am

at Deakin University Melbourne Corporate Centre

3rd Floor, Deloitte Building, 550 Bourke Street, Melbourne

A light breakfast will be served

Call in on your way to work, drop by to learn something new from our scientist while meeting up with other Earthwatch Alumni and friends, please join us. There will be a $20 entry charge to cover costs.

If you have any questions please call 9016 7590

For catering purposes please RSVP


kathy holowko art installation art studio


You are invited to join artist Kathy Holowko in a bat making workshop at her Brunswick studio. 

A colony of 200 fruit bat sculptures will be installed in the Atrium of Federation Square from March 28 to April 28, 2015. You can make an addition to this public installation by helping create a bat sculpture through a guided process with the artist. Get creative, get your hands dirty with simple casting techniques, and have some fun. Maybe you will be able to spot your bat in the installation at  Federation Square?

Numbers are limited to 10 to 15 per session so be sure to email your requested date asap. This opportunity is being offered to bat friends before going public.

Email with your name and preferred date to

Thursday 19th February 6.00-7.30pm or Sunday Feb 22 2-4pm


This project is supported by the City of Melbourne 2015 Arts Grants Program


4 thoughts on “Melb’s bat population this week and two “batty” events coming up

  1. Hi, I would love to join in making bats in the workshop. It would be great fun! My preferred night would be Thursday night. I look forward to hearing if I can help out. Thank you, Dor Beilharz

  2. I have a place in the workshop on Thursday and am really looking forward to it. Will let you know how it goes Rod. Sorry I didn’t make the last count, some work stuff got in the way, but fully expect to see you in March at Yarra Bend. Helen Reilly

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