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Bat counts 6 and 7 March, meeting at 7PM

Its a full moon again, which means it is also bat-counting time again.

We are meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 6th March at Doveton, and also at 7PM on Wednesday 7th March at Yarra Bend.

The weather is looking perfect, so should be a fun night!!

Hope to see you at one or both of the counts.



Bat counts this week – 6th and 7th Feb – meeting at 7:45 pm

Hope you managed to see the super moon, blue moon and lunar eclipse this past week, and next week you can top it off with a spectacular flying-fox fly-out!

Perfect weather is forecast for both the Doveton count (Tuesday 6th Feb) and Yarra Bend count (7 Feb), both with a meeting time of 7:45pm.

Hope to see many of you next week!




First bat count for 2018 – Tues 9th Jan at Doveton and Wed 10th Jan at Yarra Bend – meeting time 8PM

Best wishes to all for 2018!  Hope you had a great Christmas break and are ready for another year!

The next count is next Tuesday 9th at Doveton and Wednesday 10th at Yarra Bend, meeting at 8PM.  The weather forecast is looking perfect for bat counting too!

The temp today (Saturday) reached about 42 degrees, and the good news is that we estimate only a few hundred bats may have died from the heat – it seems the cool change came in just the nick of time.  Hopefully we dont get too many more days like that this summer.

Hope to see many of you this coming week at Doveton or Yarra Bend.




And good weather for bat counting and pizza at Yarra Bend tonight!

The weather looks like it will be dry tonight for the final count at Yarra Bend for 2017.  So, as planned, we will meet at 6:30PM for pizza and drinks, followed by counting at 8PM.  If you havent rsvp’d yet, there is still time – please just let me know by about 3 pm (via sms to 0412 562 429), which is when I will be ordering pizza and getting the last of the food.

And we will be gathering for the party at a small rotunda just past the car park for the Yarra Bend Park Golf Course on Yarra Bend Park Road.

For those who cant make it tonight – many thanks to all for your help this year, it is greatly appreciated.  And best wishes for a safe and relaxing Christmas and into 2018!


Tonights (5th Dec) count and pizza at Doveton going ahead!

The weather looks fine and dry, so we will meet at Doveton tonight at 6:30PM for pizza and 8PM for the count.  The ground will be wet, so bring a chair to sit on for dinner (rather than blankets) and gumboots might be helpful for those counting in the long grass.

See you tonight,


(ps – apologies for email overloads – but i will update the blog tomorrow for Yarra Bend)

Crazy weather and last count for the year

The weather forecast for the final count and thank-you party on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th December is uncertain, and includes some rain.

I will update the blog by lunchtime on Tuesday with confirmation for Doveton and by lunchtime on wednesday with confirmation for Yarra Bend.

In the meantime, if you haven’t rsvp’d for either count or party yet, please do so ASAP so I can cater accordingly, including any special diets!

Remember – you are very welcome if this is your first count for the year, and (assuming the weather dries up!) we meet at 6:30PM for pizza and 8PM for the count.

And please check out the blog – I have updated the count dates for 2018 and added a postcard advertising the counts – why not print them out and give them to a friend so everyone can enjoy the spectacle of a an evening flyout!  I will also have a supply at future counts for you to take and share.

Cheers, Rod

mega bat count postcard front

mega bat count postcard rear

Final bat count for 2017 – Dec 5 and 6, and end of year party!

Another year has flown past, and with that we celebrate a total of 32 years of continuous monthly monitoring – one of the longest continuously-running citizen science projects in the universe!  The long-term success of this project is reliant on you – the volunteer –  so let me say a great big THANKS!!!!

We will be having a small party at our next count on December 5 at Doveton and December 6 at Yarra Bend, including snacks, pizza, beer, wine, and soft drinks.  At both sites we will meet at 6:30PM for the thank-you party, and if you cant make that but still want to participate in the count, we will meet at 8PM at the usual locations for that.  Please note that the party is for everyone who has been to a count this year, and if the December count is your first for the year – then you are very very welcome!  We look forward to celebrating with both our regular and not-so-regular counters!!

Please let me know if you are coming to the party and have any dietary requirements, so I can cater accordingly. Please let me know via email or by sms to 0412562429.

Thanks, and hope to see many of you in December at Yarra Bend or Doveton, or both!


ps – i hope to sort out the 2018 dates and times soon.