23 May 2012
Increase in grounded bat calls after cold, wet spring
After a long, cold and wet spring, some UK bats are low on energy and are finding it hard to get out, feed and make it back to their roosts at the end of the night. The National Bat Helpline has had numerous reports of grounded bats over April and May, while the Isle of Wight Bat Hospital and other bat carers also report an increase in grounded bats being brought into care.
If you notice a bat on the ground or exposed on a wall or fence during daylight hours, please report it immediately to the National Bat Helpline on 0845 1300 228. They will put you in contact with your local bat carer. For more information on what to do if you find a bat on the ground, visit this webpage. Remember, although bats are gentle creatures, a grounded bat may be frightened and distressed – so please make sure you do not touch the bat without wearing gloves.
Please help us help bats by sharing this information with as many people as possible (click the share button at the top right of this page). Bats do not ‘sun themselves’ and grounded bats need immediate protection from predators and urgent care to nurse them back to health.
National Bat Helpline: 0845 1300 228