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 Spring 2017 Events leaflet and other listings have been added to our         events page


Next talk:  Our first annual Jan Ragg Memorial Lecture will be held at the Boreham Village Hall, Main Road, Boreham CM3 3JD. on Friday, 28th April at 7.30pm.

Our guest speaker is long-standing bat carer Gail Armstrong, who will give us a talk entitled ‘Bat Care – Why do we do it?’ Gail will give us an insight into the work of bat carers and detail the benefits of bat care beyond rehabilitation.

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Upcoming April events (see events page):  5thApril Thorndon Country Park; 19th April Weald Country Park; 19thApril Hanningfield Reservoir; 26thApril Thorndon Country Park; Plus a number of Members only events.

3rd May, 7.30 pm: New Members Evening: Weald Country Park, South Weald CM14 5QS – An introductory event for new members, but please join us even if you aren’t that new!  Learn about bat ecology and identification. There may be a bat walk, weather permitting.  You can also find out how to get more involved with the group and with bat conservation.  Please register your interest with Graham Hart: woodlandbats@essexbatgroup.org


What are bats up to in April?

Bats are now active on all but the coldest nights.  When there are insects flying, they will be actively foraging.   If there’s a cold spell, they will return to a torpid state until it’s warm enough to feed again.

This a period of mating and the beginning of pregnancy for many adult female bats (through the re-activation of sperm stored since autumnal mating or by way of spring mating).  April is a time of transition when bats change their more settled winter hibernation sites for temporary roosts and when females begin to return to often long-established maternity roosts in which they form colonies.

This can be a vulnerable time as bats need to replenish energy used up during a winter without food.   If you find a bat and are concerned about its welfare 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. 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)