How you can help

Join

By becoming a member of the Monmouthshire Bat Group your money will help us look after bats in the County, and support us in our work to inspire people about bats. Membership costs just £5 per year. Join now.

 

Volunteer

All of our work is done by volunteers. Every year we undertake roost counts, bat activity surveys, provide advice, run events and look after injured bats.

You don’t need to have had any experience with bats before to become a member. You could find yourself making good use of your organisational, IT, administrative or financial skills too. The best way to find out about these volunteering opportunities is to become a member.

Record

If you have a roost in your house make sure it stays protected. Submit your roost details to the South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre (SEWBRec).

Garden

  • Plant night-scented flowers
  • Build a pond
  • Let your garden go a little wild
  • Put up a bat box
  • Plant hedgerows or treelines
  • Reduce or remove artificial lighting
  • Keep cats indoors at night

Report 

All bats and their roosts are protected by law. If you suspect that a wildlife crime has been committed, call 101, the non-emergency number. If you would like to give information regarding a crime anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If you’re unsure whether an act constitutes wildlife crime, seek advice from a legal professional or specialist organisation. Many police forces have Wildlife Officers, whilst statutory bodies such as Natual Resources Wales, may also be able to help.

Be aware that you should always seek qualified legal advice if you are seeking to avoid prosecution or intending to bring a prosecution.