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.




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


What are bats up to February?

Bats continue to hibernate in cold weather, but fat reserves are increasingly diminished.  As a result, they will occasionally leave their hibernation sites on warmer nights and sometimes during the day in search of food.   2018/19 has been a comparatively mild winter so far (as of the end of January), but with short cold spells.  Some hardy bats have been flying during milder periods.  Nevertheless, late winter is as critical time and all bats remain very vulnerable to disturbance.

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


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)