I’ve found a bat – help!

Any bat that is found on the ground, or in an exposed area, especially during the day, is likely to need help.

If you have found a ‘grounded’ or injured bat, or one trapped indoors, in Leicestershire or Rutland or need other batty advice, contact Jenny Harris on the numbers below or contact the Bat Conservation Trust Bat Helpline.

Bat Conservation Trust

Bat Helpline 0345 1300 228

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 until 10:30pm. Please note, the out of hours helpline is run by volunteers and is for emergency calls only. The out of hours helpline is run by volunteers from their own homes, so please act considerately

Jenny Harris – volunteer bat care co-ordinator, Leicestershire and Rutland bat group: on 01572 755274 or 07897 123566

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 Helpline 0345 1300 228 for further advice. 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.

Thanks to our hard working Out of Hours Helpline volunteers, the Helpline is open evenings, weekends and bank holidays between May and September when bats are most active.

Call 0345 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.

Containing a bat: You will need:

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

• A piece of card

• A cloth or tea towel

• A plastic bottle cap (milk bottle tops are perfect)

How to contain the bat:

1. Contain the bat:

a) Like a spider, by placing a box on top of it and sliding a piece of card underneath and invert the box gently, so as not to hurt the bat

b) Alternatively, cover the bat with a cloth/tea towel 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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