Welcome to the Essex Bat Group website

If you find a bat in need of rescue please click on the Bat Rescue tab above and you will find contact details and advice.

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What are bats up to the late Winter?

Bats continue to hibernate, but fat reserves are increasingly diminished.  As a result, some bats will leave their hibernation sites on warm nights in search of food and water.  During cold spells, they will return to periods of torpor to conserve energy.

If you find a grounded bat or are concerned about a bat’s welfare, then please refer to the Bat Rescue tab above.

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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, UK.  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)