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BAT RESCUE

Bats and their roosts are protected by law.  They do us a great favour by eating 'midges'- lots of them! So, help them to help us by protecting them whenever you can.

FIRST AID - " Always take care and wear gloves when handling bats."

Should you find an injured or baby bat, keep it warm, preferably at blood temperature.  Also try to give it some water, to stop it becoming dehydrated by using a small paint brush dipped in the water and gently brushed against its mouth, avoiding its nostrils.  Then, contact a bat rescue organisation.
flying batsThe following members are volunteers.  All are experienced in bat welfare and can help answer any questions:
 

WESTMORLAND & FURNESS BAT GROUP

Shirley Martin - Tel: 015395 35700  Carol Bolt - Tel: 01229 463070 
Sarah Harvey - Tel: 01539 729924  Gil Cleve - Tel: 015395 59311
Cumbria Bat Line - Tel: 01768 776911  
In recent years more and more people have been showing an interest in bat conservation and this, in turn, is producing a growing band of enthusiasts willing to care for grounded and injured bats. The Westmorland and Furness Bat Group is fortunate in having several bat workers with the ability to offer such bats rest and recuperation.

A bat may become unable to fly through a variety of reasons. Once collected it is examined, an initial diagnosis made and a decision taken on the appropriate treatment. Many bats may just be tired, hungry or dehydrated and a couple of days in captivity can work wonders. Injuries take a little longer, some recover well and are released within a week or two, others are less fortunate and cannot be helped.

MERSEYSIDE & WEST LANCASHIRE BAT GROUP

Contact them on 0151 478 4248.
They will then pass your details onto one of their bat volunteers.
OTHER BAT RESCUERS
Joyce Gillies - Tel: 01772 335605 Gail Armstrong - Tel: 01524 701316 
BAMBER BRIDGESILVERDALE

 

 

FURTHER INFORMATION

The Bat Conservation Trust
15 Cloisters House, 8 Battersea Park Road, London, SW8 4BG
Tel: 020 7627 2629
Email them at enquiries@bats.org.uk

Bat Conservation Trust Web Site