23rd May 2017

UPDATE - THE FIRST RECORDED WILD BAT PUPS HAVE BEEN BORN! Natterer's pups were found during a bat box check in Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire on May 24th.

Congratulations Laura Sykes! Our winner of the #FirstBatPup Twitter competition!

With the weather warming up and summer just around the corner baby bats (or pups as they are called) will soon be arriving! Bats in the UK only give birth to one pup a year, only very occasionally will they have twins.

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We have created the #FirstBatPup competition, where you have the chance to win one years free Bat Conservation Trust family membership worth £36 (Membership info HERE)

All you have to do is tweet the date when you think we will get the first report of a wild born bat! Along with the hashtag #FirstBatPup. So for first of June you would tweet "#FirstBatPup 1st June 2017"

In 2016 the first report to the National Bat Helpline of a wild born pup was on the 10th of June but it can start much earlier, in 2014 the first pups were reported on 19 May. Although the 2014 record was very unusual don't be too quick to rule out this month!

(The first date we recorded of a bat being born in the wild was gathered from a call made to our helpline team in 2006)

If you would like to donate to the National Bat Helpline Bat Care appeal then please follow THIS LINK to visit our JustGiving page.

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