Irish islands are typically difficult for bats to populate due to the limited number of habitats present and their general size. Bats are however known to roost on Rathlin Island, Clare Island, Cape Clear and Sherkin Island. In August 2006 the Cork County Bat Group recorded four different bat species (the common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, brown long-eared and Leisler’s bats) on Sherkin Island, West Cork. This is the most diverse record of bats on an island especially given its small size.
For more information on Cork’s bat populations and what you can do to help their proliferation visit the Cork County Bat Group website. If you would like a copy of the above infographic on the 18 bat species in Ireland and Britain please email the Bat Conservation Trust!
There are currently 7 bat conservation groups operating in Ireland for the benefit of our bat populations however not all have a website or operate on social media.