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Have you founded a grounded, starving or injured bat?

Is it one of the following?…
  • baby bat separated from its mother

  • bat found on the ground

  • bat found inside a building (this does not include attic spaces)

  • bat that appears injured

  • you can see blood on the bat

  • bat found outside in daylight, hanging up somewhere easily seen and obvious

  • bat that has such as been hit by a car

  • bat that has been caught, or brought to you by your cat


What to do next

  1. Keep it safe

  2. Remove it from danger (eg dogs, cats, birds, heat and sun)

  3. Pick it up, carefully, preferably using a tea towel or similar.

  4. Are you afraid to pick it up? Then try and cover it in a cloth and then keep it safe by putting a larger cardboard box or similar over the top, weighted down to stop cats etc getting in.

  5. It will probably stay quite still if held gently wrapped in the container which will give you time to….

  6. Prepare a suitable container: A small (not airtight!) box, eg an old shoe box, ice cream container or similar with holes in the lid. Punch the holes in the lid before putting the bat in, otherwise you might injure it.

  7. Put a cloth or some kitchen roll in the bottom of the box.

  8. Put a shallow container of water (eg a milkbottle top, jam jar lid) into the bottom of the box

  9. Put the bat in the box (still gently wrapped up).

  10. Put it somewhere quiet and relatively cool, away from children and pets (a pantry or cupboard are ideal, please: not in a fridge).

  11. Contact the Bat Conservation Trust National Helpline

    National Bat Helpline Opening Hours

    October-April (non-peak season): Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm

    May-September (peak season): As above, but BCT also operates the Out of Hours Helpline, which is available in the evenings and on weekends. Please note, the out of hours helpline is run by volunteers and is for emergency calls only.

A Soprano pipistrelle bat found in a garden in Monmouthshire