Geese and Swans
Nine of the ten species of bats in Ireland are found breeding in County
Clare. County Clare holds internationally important populations of Lesser
horseshoe, Daubenton's and Leisler's bats.
long-eared bat Plecotus auritus
Brown long-eared bat is quite a common bat in Clare, with distinctive
long ears. Brown long-eared bat can be seen around old churches, mainly
of catholic church type design.
Habitat: Woodland for feeding and attics in buildings
What could or does threaten the population: Chemicals
including chlorinated hydrocarbons such as pentachlorophenol used in wood
treatments. Loss of habitat such as woodland, cats and disturbance from
humans in occupied buildings.
horseshoe bat Rhinolophus hipposideros
Lesser horseshoe bats are common in Clare, due to the presence
of caves and large houses with suitable attics. These are internationally
important populations as they are declining in most of the rest
of Europe. Lesser horseshoe bats occur in many locations in Clare
particularly in the North and East of the county. The Lesser horseshoe
bats are bats of the aristocracy, found in big houses on old estates.
is because they prefer large attics with open space through which
they can freely fly.
Habitat: Roost and hibernate in caves and under old bridges
and breed in buildings. Feed along hedgerows.
What could or does threaten the population: Organochlorine
pesticides, disturbance of roosts and agricultural intensification
including the removal of hedgerows. The blocking or obstruction
of roosts threatens Lesser horseshoe populations.