Bats are amongst our most fascinating and enigmatic wild animals. We still know very little about most of our species. What we do know however is that populations of all our commoner species have decreased greatly over the last 60 years. One species recently became extinct in Britain and others are now seriously endangered. The Herts and Middx Bat Group are working to further bat conservation in Hertfordshire and Middlesex. We also provide advice and information for householders and landowners and hope that you find our website a useful resource. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have a bat related query.
PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF 28 NOVEMBER 2012 THE HELPLINE NUMBER HAS CHANGED TO 07517 123200. This number should now only be used for bat welfare emergencies requiring swift intervention e.g. finding a bat in need of care. All other enquiries should be done by email. Thank you.
The bat pictured above is a Nathusius' pipistrelle
For non-urgent or general enquiries concerning the Group and bats please email us on:
A Bat's life: June
In Britain the great majority of bats will only have one pup. June is the time when bats are either giving birth or are already suckling their young. Male bats will be largely separate in their own roosts and are not involved in the raising of young.
Baby bats are tiny, born hairless and blind and feed exclusively on their mother's milk. Their mothers still have to hunt and catch hundreds of insects each night in order to produce this fat rich milk. Bat colonies are extremely sensitive to disturbance at this time.
If you have found a bat which you believe may require help (i.e. one that’s grounded, in the open during daylight hours, caught by a cat, or within the living area of your property) then please call us on 07517 123200 at the very first opportunity rather than using email. We can respond much quicker and we'll guide you through some immediate steps which will reduce your concerns and greatly increase the bat's chance of survival and recovery. Grounded bats in particular need protection from cats and inclement weather as soon as possible. If you find a bat flying around inside your property please refer to the ‘Need help with a bat?’ section of the website.
Monthly Social Meeting: Thursday, 26th June 2014, 8:00pm
Regular monthly social event. More information to follow.
All welcome! Click here to find out more.
2014 Local Field Studies Council Bat courses:
Epping Forest – Discovering bats - 4th May and 11th August
London - Regent's Park - An Introduction to Bats and their Natural History - 6th September
See Events page for more information.