Passive rabies testing

We support passive testing of dead bats by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to test for rabies which is found in a small number of bats in the UK. More information about the rabies risk can be found here.

We can send a pack and instructions to you by post, so that the bat you have found can be sent for testing. Postage is free, and the address to send the bat to is on the pack.

The bat needs to be kept cold in the meantime, so please keep in a cool place, ideally in the fridge rather than the freezer. Because of the very small risk of rabies in a small number of bats in the UK, we would recommend wearing gloves or using a cloth or tea towel to handle the bat.

The bat should be physically intact and not in the late stages of decay. If this is not the case we would advise that it be disposed of safely rather than sending it off to be tested.

If you are not sure whether the bat is suitable for testing please call the Helpline on 0345 1300 228 for advice.

Please fill in the form below and we will endeavour to send the pack out to you as soon as possible.

Please note that test results will only be provided by the APHA if a positive result is found. If you do not hear back after 10 days of sending the pack then you can assume that the result is negative. If you would like to see the latest report on APHA’s surveillance work, you can find this on their website.

If different from the delivery address If you know any details about the circumstances under which the bat was found, please let us know here. This helps us understand more about dead bats. How many packs are required?
E.g. if you are a volunteer bat carer, tell us here if you need a combination of pack sizes & elements