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.

You’ll notice that this site is under construction and will be changing regularly over the coming weeks.  Much of the content is provisional so please check back for updates. 

Daniel Bridge BLE-7854Brown long-eared bat recovering in care (image copyright: Daniel Bridge)

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 December and January:

Bats are now hibernating to ensure that they survive the winter when there are not enough insects to eat.  Some bats hibernate in trees and caves, but several species will use cold parts of buildings.  A number of these sites have been created to afford more roosting opportunities.   Members of the Bat Group who hold appropriate Natural England licences visit hibernation sites over the winter to record species and numbers.   These visits offer a valuable insight in to protecting hibernation bats and are used to determine successful approaches to creating and enhancing hibernacula.   However, visits have to be carefully regulated and limited to minimise disturbance, as disturbed bats may be unable to replace the energy they use waking and warming from a torpid state.

Hall Marsh Hibe_2718 Natterer’s, Daubenton’s and brown long-eared use the crevices provided in this converted pillbox (image copyright: A Palmer)

Daubentons AP5417  Daubenton’s bat hibernating in a wooden bat box in an underground site (image copyright: A Palmer)