Welcome to the Essex Bat Group website

If you have 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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Winter Talks

Friday 8th December.  EBG member Phill May will deliver a talk on bat migration, including his own work recording bats in the English Channel.  A most appropriate subject, given our current involvement in the National Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Project.

Friday 19th January EBG member Sarah Mackinnon will give us an account of her recent study of barbastelle bats on a military training area in Norfolk.  A truly apposite piece of research, given that this species has been the primary focus of the first two years of our woodland project.

Friday 23rd February. Essex Bat Group AGM. Our brief annual general meeting will be followed by a series of presentations on some of our various projects.

Our second annual Jan Ragg Memorial Talk will be held in March or April, details to be announced in due course.

All welcome. The venue for these events is the Goodwin Room, Boreham Village Hall, Main Road, Boreham, Essex CM3 3 JD. Doors open 7.30pm.

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What are bats up to in November to January?

November – Increasingly bats are hibernating as reliable insect food supplies disappear. By going into states of torpor they save energy and can survive the winter. It’s essential that torpid bats are not disturbed as they may be unable to replace the energy they use waking and warming.

December and January – Bat are now hibernating to ensure that they survive the winter when there aren’t enough insects to eat.  Some bats hibernate in trees and caves, but several species will use cold parts of buildings.

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)