Created February 2012
Updated Dec 18th 2020
Please contact the Bat Conservation Trust’s helpline on 0345 1300 228. They will contact us and we will try to help. The helpline is extremely busy at the moment so keep trying or, if you are in Beds ,e mail us at enquiries(at)bedsbatgroup.org.uk (please replace the “at” with @).
We are staying at home over Christmas , b etter safe than sorry.
National Bat Helpline’s opening hours.
The Helpline will be open and taking calls 9:30am-4:30pm every working day until Wednesday 23 December. From Christmas Eve until the New Year, they have some altered opening hours (see below).
On the days they are closed, they will have audio playing on the phone lines, just as they do on evenings and weekends during the winter (including instructions for anyone who finds a bat).
They’ll have one member of staff on standby on Christmas Eve checking voicemails in case any real emergencies crop up, but it is usually a quiet time of year for the Helpline.
Mon 21 – Wed 23 Dec: Open 9:30am-4:30pm
Thurs 24 – Mon 28 Dec: Closed
Tues 29 – Thurs 31 Dec: Open 9:30am-4:30pm
Fri 1 – Sun 3 Jan: Closed
Mon 4 Jan onwards: Open weekdays 9:30am-4:30pm
Bat carers are all volunteers, so please do not expect an immediate response.
In the meanwhile, you can get some information about grounded bats here
The Bat Conservation Trust have confirmed that carers can continue to pick up injured bats, provided they conform to social distancing guidelines . The helpline staff will explain how to do this.
British bats do not carry covid 19 but remember they may carry ELVB which is why it is important you don’t handle the bat in ungloved hands.
With the further relaxation of Covid restrictions we are reintroducing some of our surveys to a minimal number of members with their own equipment where we can do so using social distancing.
At present, there is not a problem with individuals going out to record bats with their own equipment, although this may change if more restrictions are introduced. It may be possible to loan Pinpoint BAT equipment to a few individuals (members) if appropriate precautions are taken. Please contact Bob if you are interested in this.
We shall keep you informed as developments occur.
We are regularly updating this website, if you come across problems, do please let us know by e mailing us at enquiries(at)bedsbatgroup.org.uk (please replace the “at” with @)