The Cambridgeshire Bat Group is a partner group of the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT). New members are always welcome to join us, and active involvement and participation with the group is always encouraged! If you are interested in becoming a member and supporting the work we do, then please contact us.
We also work in close partnership with the Bedfordshire Bat Group; a number of members from both groups are active members of the other, and we regularly collaborate to help each other with research projects, surveys, events, and to eat cake.
Have a Question or Found a Bat?
The Bat Conservation Trust runs the National Bat Helpline, a volunteer service where you can ask for advice about bats, bat care, and roosts. And if you happen to find a grounded bat, they will contact the local Bat Group and a registered and licenced volunteer will come out to you to collect the bat and take it in to care if needed.
The Helpline number is 0345 1300 228 and is open Monday-Friday 9am to 5.30pm during October to April. During May to September the line is also open out-of-hours, in evenings and on weekends, but this line is for emergency use only i.e. if you find a bat. For general enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you find a bat during the day then it will likely need help. If it is on the ground, on a wall, or in one of your rooms, contain it within a box and call the helpline number above. Avoid handling bats where possible, but if you need to then wear gloves as there is a (very) small risk of a type of rabies.
You will need:
- A shoe box, with holes punched in the lid (or container of equivalent size)
- A cloth or teatowel
- A plastic bottle cap (milk bottle tops are perfect)
1. Contain the bat either like you would a spider, by placing a box on top of it and sliding a piece of card underneath, or alternatively, cover the bat with a cloth/tea towel and carefully scoop it up and place it in the box. (You should not handle the bat with bare hands.)
2. Put a tea towel or soft cloth in the box for the bat to hide in.
3. Put in a small, shallow container e.g. a plastic milk bottle top with a few drops of water (not enough for the bat to drown in). Make sure the water is topped up regularly.
4. Keep the bat indoors somewhere quiet and dark
5. Most importantly, call the Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228 for further advice.
Only a bat that has been confirmed as fit and healthy by a bat rehabilitator should be released, and never during the day.