Highlands & Islands

North Highland Bat Network

For all enquiries about the North Highland Bat Network and its activities, please contact: Lyn Wells (lyn@artfulcreatures.co.uk)

For general advice on domestic bat roosts or legal protection issues please contact the Scottish Natural Heritage bat helpline on 01463 725165 or the Bat Conservation Trust helpline on 0845 1300 228.

Summary of the Network's activities:

The North Highland Bat Network (NHBN) was set up as an e-mail contact network to keep members informed of bat issues, and any research or survey work that other members are carrying out.

Because members live far apart, the Network does not hold meetings. If members wish to gain experience of different aspects of bat work, the network tries to link them up with someone for training purposes.

Bat Projects

  • Some members have their own projects, such as woodland foraging, hibernacula in ice-houses, bats in bridges.

BCT Surveys

  • Several members undertake the Field Survey, Waterway Survey, Pipistrelle and Brown long-eared Colony Counts and Hibernation Site counts as part of BCT's National Bat Monitoring Programme.

Bat Care

  • Lyn Wells is a registered bat carer. For advice on grounded or injured bats contact Lyn on 01408 641204 or the BCT Helpline on 0845 1300 228.

Inverness Bat Group

North East (Grampians, Tayside, Fife)

North East Scotland Bat Group

Fife and Kinross Bat Group

For all enquiries for the Fife and Kinross Bat Group, please contact: fifekinrossbats@gmail.com. The group does not have a website at present.

Surveys and Monitoring

  • The Bat Group regularly monitors specific roosts, including pipistrelle roosts and hibernation sites.
  • The group regularly surveys specific sites, including bat box schemes at Ladybank, Tentsmuir and Red Myre.

BCT Surveys

  • The Bat Group undertakes the Waterway Survey, Pipistrelle and Natterer's Colony Counts and Hibernation site counts as part of BCT's National Bat Monitoring Programme.

Bat Walks

  • The Bat Group holds one or two bat walks a year for the general public.

Other Activities

  • The Bat Group attends local shows and events, such as the Fife Show and Loch Leven Discovery Day.
  • A couple of members care for sick and injured bats.
  • The Bat Group also has involvement in other projects working with schools and community groups.
  • The Bat Group aims to hold comprehensive records in conjunction with the local Biological Records Centre and NBMP. As the need arises the Group advises on development casework.

Tayside Bat Group

To find out more about the Tayside Bat Group, please contact: taysidebatgroup@gmail.com

Summary of Bat Group activities:

A group of volunteers in Tayside that carry out surveys, host public events including bat walks, organise training and provide bat care.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TaysideBatGroup

Twitter: @TaysideBatGroup

West (Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway)

Loch Lomond Bat Group

For all bat group enquiries please contact: lomondbatgroup@gmail.com

Clyde Bat Group

Ayrshire Bat Group

For enquiries about the Ayrshire Bat Group, please contact:

Tom Hastings (Bat Group Chair)


Claudia Gebhardt (Secretary)

Dumfries & Galloway Bat Group

Central Scotland

Southern Scotland

Borders Bat Group

To find out more about the Borders Bat Group, please contact: BCT's Scottish Bat Officer Elizabeth Ferrell eferrell@bats.org.uk or 01786 822107

Summary of Bat Group activities:

Survey and Monitoring

  • The Bat Group regularly monitors specific roosts and surveys specific sites.

BCT Surveys

  • Some Bat Group members take part in the surveys that form part of BCT's National Bat Monitoring Programme.

Lothians Bat Group

For enquiries about the Lothians Bat Group, please contact: lothiansbatgroup@gmail.com