Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) http://www.bats.org.uk
The website is a mine of information and is the first port of call for information about bats in Great Britain. BCT is the umbrella organisation for the network of local bat group. It has up to date links to all the local bat groups and details of the National Bat Monitoring Programme. BCT also runs a 24 hour helpline (24 hours in summer) to provide expert advice on all aspects of bat conservation. The National Bat Helpline number is 0845 1300 228.
Natural England http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/
The statutory nature conservation organization for England, which deals with legislation and issues licences to bat workers
Local Bat Groups
Bat groups in the local area are listed below:
Bedfordshire Bat Group
For all bat group enquiries, please contact: Batsinbeds@fsmail.net
For more information visit: www.bedsbatgroup.org.uk/
Cambridgeshire Bat Group
Contact Chris Vine at email@example.com
Further information visit: www.cambsbats.org.uk/
Derbyshire Bat Group
DBCG c/o Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire, DE73 7LE
For more information visit: www.derbyshirebats.org.uk/
Lincolnshire Bat Group
General Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org;
To submit bat records: email@example.com;
Lincs Bat Helpline (if you have found a ground or injured bat): 01775 766 286
For more information visit: www.lincsbatgroup.co.uk
Nottinghamshire Bat Group
For enquiries please get in touch here or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Staffordshire Bat Group
Staffordshire Bat Group, c/o Staffordshire Wildlife Trust Wolseley Centre Wolseley Bridge Stafford, Staffordshire ST17 0WT. Tel: 01889 880100
For more information, visit: www.staffsbats.co.uk
Warwickshire Bat Group
If you would like a bat walk or talk, email: email@example.com
For queries about bat boxes or bats in buildings, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For queries about planning or development, email: email@example.com
For queries about membership, or to request a membership form, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, visit: www.warksbats.co.uk/
Other Local Organisations
The Wildlife Trusts www.wildlifetrusts.org
The Wildlife Trusts is the largest grouping of charitable organisations in the United Kingdom concerned with the conservation of the whole of the UK’s natural world.
Each of the 47 Wildlife Trusts is an independent, autonomous charity with its own trustees, whose primary concern is the conservation of nature within its own geographical area. All of the Trusts work together on national and international issues and matters of common concern through a loose, informal, partnership-like arrangement called The Wildlife Trusts.
Leicestershire and Rutland Trust (LRWT) www.lrwt.org.uk
Our local trust. Working for the protection and enhancement of Leicestershire and Rutland’s wildlife and wildplaces. Leicestershire and Rutland bat group is part of the LRWT and has some of its meetings at the Wildlife Trust offices headquarters at Brocks Hill Environment Centre, Washbrook Lane, Oadby, Leicestershire, LE2 5JJ. Jenny Harris, the group co-ordinator, is senior conservation officer at the Trust.
Bat Conservation International (BCI) www.batcon.org
Like BCT but international! Based in Austin, Texas. BCI is devoted to conservation, education and research on bats and their ecosystems. The website is well worth a visit and has varied and interesting articles on bats and international bat issues.
Equipment and software
Anabat – Analook http://users.lmi.net/corben/
Free software to allow setup and analysis of recordings from an Anabat bat detector
NHBS Ecology www.nhbs.com/
Information on all types of bat detectors, sound analysis software, bat boxes, books etc.
Nationwide Ecology Supplies
Stag Electronics www.batbox.com
The website of the manufacturers of the BatBox III and Duet bat detectors and Batscan sound analysis software.
The website of the manufacturers of the Magenta Bat Detectors.
Wildlife & Countryside Services www.wildlifeservices.co.uk/batdetectors.html
These are examples of suppliers of bat equipment. Their inclusion is not an endorsement by Leicestershire and Rutland Bat Group.