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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New 2017 events have been added to our events page

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This year’s AGM will be held on Friday 24th March at Boreham Village Hall, Main Road, Boreham CM3 3JD.

Door opens at 7.30pm.  AGM starts at 7.45pm.  The business part of the evening will be fairly brief, followed by a fascinating talk on ‘Gib-Bats: The Gibraltar Bat Project’ by our guest speaker James Shipman, describing recent surveys on the Rock, where Europe meets North Africa.

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What are bats up to in February?

Daubenton’s is one of the most commonly found hibernating bats in Essex sites (image copyright: A Palmer)

Bats continue to hibernate in cold weather, but fat reserves are increasingly diminished.  As a result, bats will occasionally leave their hibernation sites on milder nights and sometimes during the day in search of food.   This has been a relatively mild winter, but with cold spells and bats have been flying during the occasional warmer nights.  We have a small number of automated recording detectors out and about in the county.  It will be interesting to see how much activity goes on during the winter.

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)