About the Bats at Lough GurThere are several individuals of five species of bats to be found around Lough Gur. The common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, Leisler’s bat, brown long-eared bat and Daubenton’s bat. In a 2008 study, both common and soprano pipistrelles were observed hunting within the woodlands and along Knockadoon Hill and within the public areas. With some species also seen feeding over the lake. In the report it was observed that Leisler’s bat, typically, was high over the site and concentrated its activity over the lake while the brown long-eared bat was encountered feeding within the woodland near the Bourchier’s Castle.
The presence of bat is noted very soon after darkness, which would indicate that daytime roosting areas are very close by. The lesser horseshoe bat, an Annex II species under the EU Habitats Directive, is also known to occur in the area and past roosts are known at the village of Grange within 1 km of Lough Gur (Roche, 1997). Nearby Bouchers castle offers excellent possibilities for bat use onsite. The woodlands and lake area are frequented by at least five of the ten known Irish bat species. Tall mature trees, trees with crevices and loose bark and trees with heavy ivy cover are most likely to provide a suitable environment for roosting bats.Return to Dark Sky Project