I have a doctorate in biology – specialised in zoology or to be even more precise –I am a chiropterologist or bat researcher. I have been interested and been researching this peculiar group of mammal since 1992 when I began research of Latvian hibernating bats in caves, which continues to this day as hibernating bat monitoring. Together with my teacher, friend and colleague Gunārs Pētersons, I work in other bat research projects and programmes as well – pond bat and migratory bat species monitoring, inventory of various protected areas. As a certified expert of the Nature Conservancy Agency of Latvia, I provide expert assessments on the possible impact of economic activities on bats. My interest in nature, however, is not limited to bats – ever since high school I am also actively involved in bird watching and in more recent years – am passionate and learning about the butterflies in Latvia.