Bat Conservation Ireland

A redesign of the organisation’s website, incorporating bespoke bat recording forms and a database of bat sightings.

Bat Conservation Ireland (BCIreland) promotes the conservation of bats and their habitats throughout the island of Ireland.

The Problem

BCIreland had an existing website that needed refreshing and modernising. It didn’t use a content management system, wasn’t mobile-friendly and they had a new logo and wanted to use the logo’s colours as a basis for the new site. As a charity, BCIreland needed to accept donations and memberships, as well as sell a few products as part of their fundraising.

Besides the general site refresh, BCIreland had some two specific application requirements:

  • Bat records – Integration of data for bat record maps that is imported from their main bat database nightly, and new mapping images created with the new data. They wanted to keep this.
  • Interactive map – BCIreland wanted a way for people to report bats they have observed, with data stored in a database and displayed on a map.

The Process

We created a bespoke WordPress website that was bold, easy to navigate and true to BCIreland’s new branding. We migrated all their existing content to the new navigational structure and build a site that was simple, intuitive and functional to the visitor.

We integrated BCIreland’s bat records database and created templates to display these, as well as create a number of forms to collect various data related to visitors submitting new bat sightings. These forms included clicking on Google Maps to determine the sighting location.

Other quite complex forms were added for other bat surveys including BATLAS2020.

We also added a shop where customers can buy merchandise and books, as well as subscribe as members or make a donation.

The Results

Bat Conservation Ireland are proud of their website. It has shown really good growth since it was created and now ranks in the top three in search results for all bat-related search terms (that I could think of)!

Their membership and donations have grown steadily, along with shop sales to help support their work.

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Dr. Niamh Roche

Bat Conservation Ireland

Andy has a great eye for design and we are extremely pleased with the look and layout of both our websites. Andy added an easy to use shop and booking facility so we can now take online payments for items, memberships and events.

He has had to deal with a number of technical issues relating to our scientific databases but none of this has thrown him! Any time we have a query or problem he is extremely quick off the mark to get us sorted. All in all I would highly recommend him!

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