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Advice on grounded bats

ADVICE ON DEALING WITH GROUNDED OR INJURED BATS

The Bat Conservation Trust's helpline is an essential tool in assisting the general public and professionals with queries or concerns.

A considerable number of these calls concern grounded or injured bats and so it is highly advisable to offer this advice where possible. 

The following is general advice available on the BCT website:

Please be aware that the National Bat Helpline is available to UK residents only and so any organisations outside of the UK will need to provide any local contacts.

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

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) and you should call the Bat Helpline 0345 1300 228 for further advice. We have details for over 250 Bat Carers operating throughout the UK, and can put you in touch with someone nearby who can help.

If you find a bat at a time when the Helpline is closed, please refer to the advice at the bottom of this page.

You should avoid handling the bat, but if it is necessary WEAR GLOVES due to the small risk of a rabies type virus.

Containing a bat

You will need:

  • A shoe box, with holes punched in the lid (or container of equivalent size)
  • A cloth or teatowel
  • A plastic bottle cap (milk bottle tops are perfect)
Bat care box

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.

b) Alternatively, cover the bat with a cloth/teatowel and carefully scoop it up and place it in the box.

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 on 0345 1300 228 for local bat carer numbers.

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 and leave it outside to fly away.

 

 

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