Need help with a bat?

Barbastelle bat
Barbastelle bat

I’ve found a bat on the ground or in an exposed area, what should I do?

Avoid handling the bat, but if this proves unavoidable WEAR GLOVES. Call the Bat Conservation Trust’s Bat Helpline 0345 1300 228 for further advice as soon as possible. They have details of local volunteers who specialise in bat rehabilitation operating nearby, and should be able to refer you to someone local for further advice.  If the line is busy please leave a message and if you have not been called back within one hour please try the Helpline again. If you still can’t get in touch then we suggest contacting your local vet, or the RSPCA National Helpline 0300 1234 999.

A bat is flying around inside my house, what should I do?

Never try to catch a flying bat, you are likely to injure it severely and it may even bite in self defence. If it’s a warm evening the best thing to do is: close the door to the room; open the windows to the outside as widely as possible and; dim the lights. This will give the bat a chance to find its own way out.

If you are not sure it has flown out, it is best to look high up in places such as in the folds of curtains and behind picture frames, (a healthy bat will want to be out of reach and out of the light) or in low level places (if a bat is injured or in trouble it will struggle to hide properly). If the bat does not find its own way out of the house by itself call the Bat Conservation Trust’s Bat Helpline 0345 1300 228.

The Local Authority has asked me to do a bat survey for my planning application, can you help?

Sorry but no. The Bat Group is unable to undertake bat surveys for commercial purposes. However, you can search for an ecological consultant who operates in your local area by visiting the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management website.