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.

What are bats up to in June?

In Britain the great majority of bats will only have one pup.    June is the time when bats are either giving birth or are already suckling their young.  Male bats will be largely separate in their own roosts and are not involved in the raising of young.

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)