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Jim Wilson’s Bat Walk

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At 8.00 pm on Wednesday 22nd September, thirty people gathered in Cuskinny Nature Reserve near Cobh for a guided Bat walk with naturalist Jim Wilson. The group included ten very enthusiastic children ranging in age from four to twelve. The children were enthralled as Jim explained how bats live, feed and fly. Jim produced a dried specimen of a Soprano Pipistrelle that had become trapped in fly paper in an attic and died and this was passed along for everyone to have a close up look.

Despite the superb weather and with an almost full moon, there were not many bats flying on the evening. There are five species living in the area and the only bat heard on the Bat detector was a Soprano Pipistrelle. The Cobh Tidy Towns Committee at whose request Jim kindly agreed to hold the walk still considered the walk a success. Those present are now aware of the bats and the importance of them helping to keep insect numbers under control.

There will be further bat walks in the summer of 2011.

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  1. Bernie

    September 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    I’m seeing a fair few bats in the Norwood Park region every evening between 8 and 9 pm, definitely no shortage of them around here..

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul

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The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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