Kildare Bat Group is a small enthusiastic bunch of people, headed up by the irrepressible Anna Collins, which punches way above its weight. I am not one of its more active members so I’m not claiming any of these plaudits for myself! Its activities range from the community to the technical. On the community side, it hooks up with three Tidy Towns groups every year (liaising with Kildare County Council) providing them with support, public bat walks are held and promotional activities are undertaken. The technical activities include workshops, carrying out bat counts and erecting and monitoring bat boxes. In the photo below, Tina is erecting a bat box in Donadea in January 2012 with lots of willing helpers.