Welcome to the Essex Bat Group website

If you find a bat in need of rescue please click on the Bat Rescue tab above and you will find contact details and advice.

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Maps

The latest distribution maps for all Essex species are now available in the Bats of Essex section.

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What are bats up to August and September?

August
A lot can be happening in August.  Bats born in June that have survived will be fully weaned and catching their own aerial insect food.  Those born late may still be suckling.  Some maternity colonies have dispersed whilst other will remain together throughout the month. Much depends on the species and the influence of weather.  The initially wet summer will have meant that a number of colonies are later than in warmer, drier years.

Bat colonies remain extremely sensitive to disturbance at this time.  Young bats occasionally become disorientated and it’s at this time of year when they are most likely to be found inside houses or grounded.

At six weeks old, the young bats begin to catch insects for themselves and no longer need their mothers’ milk.  The summer maternity colonies begin to disperse and bats may move to mating roosts.

September
The summer’s maternity colonises are now dispersing as the mating season gets under way. Bats are also now able to concentrate on feeding and building-up fat reserves for hibernation. This year’s young bats are now largely independent of their Mothers and feeding themselves. Nevertheless they still occasionally get in to trouble.

If you find a grounded bat or are concerned about a bat’s welfare, then please refer to the Bat Rescue tab above.

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Who are Essex Bat Group?

We are an active voluntary group passionate about the conservation of bat species, their roosts and foraging habitat within Essex, UK.  Our activities include survey, research, rescue and care and providing advice and information.  More details are provided under the ‘About’ tab.

AP01Hatfield Forest – one of the best sites for bat diversity in Essex and a site where we are actively involved in surveys (image copyright: A Palmer)