Basic bat care

How can I help?

If the bat is on the ground, on an outside wall, or in an exposed area where it may be vulnerable, it should be contained in a box (see the instructions below). 

You should avoid handling the bat, but if it is necessary WEAR GLOVES due to the small risk of a rabies type virus.

You should call the Bat Conservation Trust Helpline0345 1300 228 and follow the instructions.

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.

National Bat Helpline Opening Hours

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

May-September (peak season): Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm

Bat Conservation Trust also operates the Out of Hours Helpline

May-September Monday-Friday 5:30 pm – 10:30pm. 

May-September Saturday-Sunday 9am – 10:30pm

Please note, the out of hours helpline is run by volunteers and is for emergency calls only.

They have details for over 250 volunteer Bat Carers operating throughout the UK and may be able to refer you to someone local to you for further advice.

Containing a bat

You will need:

A shoe box, with holes punched in the lid (or container of equivalent size)

A cloth or tea towel

A plastic bottle cap (milk bottle tops are perfect)

How to contain the bat:

  1. Contain the bat:
  2. Like a spider, by placing a box on top of it and sliding a piece of card underneath.
  3. Alternatively, cover the bat with a cloth/teatowel and carefully scoop it up and place it in the box. (You should not handle the bat with bare hands.)

2. Put a tea towel or soft cloth in the box for the bat to hide in.

3. Put in a small, shallow container e.g. a plastic milk bottle top with a few drops of water (not enough for the bat to drown in). Make sure the water is topped up regularly.

4. Keep the bat indoors somewhere quiet and dark

5. Most importantly, call the Bat Helpline or in Leicestershire and Rutland, call Jenny Harris on 01572 755274 or 07897 123566.

Only a bat that has been confirmed as fit and healthy by a bat carer should be released and never during the day. Please don’t assume the bat is healthy or uninjured and leave it outside to fly away. It may not be able to do this.

Please don’t assume the bat is healthy and leave it outside to fly away.

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