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: A number of changes are taking place to this site over the next few weeks.  If you cannot find familiar tabs/pages please use the ‘Quick links’ to the right to navigate to them.

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)

What are bats up to in May?

May is a busy month for bats, particularly females who are finding suitable nursery roosts and establishing their maternity colonies.  For pregnant bats gestation will last for 40-50 days in smaller species and up to 70 days in larger bats.  In exceptionally favourable years’ females begin giving birth before the end of the month, but most babies arrive from mid-June onwards.   Males will be largely separate in their own roosts (individually or in small groups) and are not involved in the raising of young.

Bats will be active most nights, but will still occasionally return to periods of extended torpor during cold spells.   Spring is a critical time for bats who are vulnerable to disturbance.   If you find a grounded bat, please go to the bat rescue tab above.