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 (see map links below).
The Yarra Bend Count
This count in 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 2021 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.
|Month||Count date Yarra Bend. Always on a Wednesday||Meeting time|
The Doveton Count
The Doveton count is held at dusk on the Tuesday evening closest to the risen full moon. We meet on Floriana Avenue where it intersects with Dandenong Creek. Please also be mindful of neighbours driveways when parking; and if you can please consider parking on Cootamundara Street, which would then be ~100 m walk to the meeting place. We meet approximately 30 mins before dusk as per the Yarra Bend count. See the calender below for the 2021 dates of upcoming counts and meeting times; and follow the link below for the meeting point.
|Month||Count date Doveton. Always on a Tuesday||Meeting time|
Below is the link for Floriana Avenue/Cootamundra Street, Doveton.
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.
Help spread the word!
Feel free to download and print this postcard and give it to friends and family so they too can experience the spectacle of an evening flyout!