Welcome to the Essex Bat Group website

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

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Latest: As this is the main bat season and we are out and about, changes and additions to the website are slow and far between. A new events programme is available under the participate tab/Events. Members Area events list was updated 2 August.

What are bats up to in 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 wet summer will have meant that a number of colonies are later than in warmer, drier years.  This will almost certainly reduce the survivability of very late babies.

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

Baby bats are tiny, born hairless and blind and feed exclusively on their mother’s milk.  Their mothers still have to hunt and catch hundreds of insects each night in order to produce this fat rich milk.  If you find a grounded bat, please go to the bat rescue tab above.  If you find a baby bat (see Is it a baby?) please call us at the first opportunity as they will rarely survive without urgent assistance.  Thank you.

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. 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)