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.




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


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


What are bats up to in March?

The end of February and the beginning of March has seen exceptionally cold weather.  Bats will remain in hibernation until we begin to see milder nights again as the month progresses.  On these nights bats may begin to emerge from hibernation but will return to torpor during cold spells to conserve energy.  Bats will emerge hungry and are vulnerable to the vagaries of weather extremes.  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)