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Cornwall Bat Group

Cornwall Bat Group does not currently have a website, therefore for all enquiries please contact Sam Smith, Cornwall Bat Group Chair at cbgchair@yahoo.com

If you have found a grounded or injured bat please call the National Bat Helpline number on 0345 1300 228 or contact local bat care on 01872 278695. 

Cornwall Bat Group is a small voluntary group dedicated to the study and conservation of bats in Cornwall. We are a special interest group of the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and have a partnership agreement with the Bat Conservation Trust. 

The bat group was set up in 1983 as we recognised that we knew very little about bats, but we did know that roosts and bats were being damaged and destroyed. New legislation protecting bats and their roosts had recently become law, but government agencies had neither the manpower nor the knowledge to implement it effectively. All over the country, volunteer bat groups drove this forward by assisting and advising the Nature Conservancy Council and its successor bodies. Since then we have visited hundreds of bat roosts in Cornwall and protected thousands of bats.

One of our main activities today remains visiting bat roosts in people’s houses on behalf of BCT for Natural England. This happens when roosts may be endangered due to activities like re-roofing and timber treatment. Our specially trained volunteer bat roost visitors visit householders to gather information, talk to the householder and then pass on information to BCT who then give advice and recommendations.

We are always trying to raise the profile of bats through bat box schemes, walks and talks to various organisations and the general public. We also support the welfare of bats by responding to calls about grounded and injured bats. We have members who are involved in a collection network and others who care for injured bats. Bats capable of eventual release are nursed back to health and released.

Many species, including the nationally rare and uncommon horseshoe bats, roost underground in old mine workings. The bat group visits these during the winter to count the bats as part of the national bat monitoring programme. Emergence surveys are carried out during the summer months to monitor a variety of bat species. The bat group holds regular meetings and produces two newsletters a year. Membership of Cornwall Bat Group provides insurance cover if you attend field events.

It doesn't matter how much or how little bat knowledge you have, you can get involved in the bat group at whatever level you wish.  You may want to be very active or be a supporter in the background.  Any support is valued.

 

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0345 1300 228