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.

What are bats up to in July?

In Britain the great majority of bats will only have one pup.   As in June, July is the time when bats are either still giving birth or suckling their young.  It’s also the month when many young bats begin to fly.  They will start to fly at around three weeks old, although their mother’s will still be feeding them milk.   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.  Bat colonies are extremely sensitive to disturbance at this time.   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)