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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What are bats up to in December and January?

Bats are hibernating to ensure that they survive the winter when there are not enough insects to eat.  Some bats hibernate in trees and caves, others will use the cold parts of buildings.  Additionally, a small number of sites have been created or modified by the bat group to afford better roosting opportunities for hibernating bats.   Members of the group who hold the appropriate Natural England licence visit hibernation sites over the winter to record species and numbers.   These visits contribute to a national population monitoring programme and are used to determine successful approaches to creating and enhancing hibernacula.   However, visits must 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.

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)