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BCT appeals to supporters to keep Out of Hours Emergency Helpline running

6 July 2011

After taking four times as many calls as last year about grounded, injured and abandoned baby bats whilst facing funding cuts the National Bat Helpline faces the most challenging time in its history. 

The Bat Helpline gives concerned callers the advice they need to save bats found  injured or abandoned.  Bat Helpline staff arrange for volunteer bat carers to carry out emergency call outs and for volunteers to visit bat roosts giving homeowners guidance on how to look after their bats.  

Late at night or early in the morning volunteers man our Bat Helpline on the Out of Hours Emergency Service, providing help and advice when bats and people need it most.  But the Bat Helpline's Out of Hours Emergency Service is under threat after losing vital government funding needed to support volunteers.  The Out of Hours Emergency Service has been sustained but with an increasing number of calls and less funding the future is uncertain. Last year volunteers handled over 1000 calls saving hundreds of bats’ lives and identifying new roosts which can be better protected in the future.  This year more calls have been taken than ever before, new roosts are being discovered during building works, stray baby bats are being reunited with their mothers and injured bats are being rescued, rehabilitated and released. 

This is the busiest time of year on the Bat Helpline, and it is expected to be even busier in the months ahead. Without the Bat Helpline baby bats would be abandoned, injured bats would die, and many a roost that is home to hundreds would be destroyed.

To keep the Out of Hours Emergency Service running £7140 is needed. The Bat Conservation Trust hopes it can raise this from donations from supporters and continue its work to raise awarness about bats, to educate the public on what they can do to help, identify new bat roosts and better protect them alongside  responding to emergency calls and save bats’ lives. 

You can donate online or text BCTS 05 £5 to 70070

 

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