What do volunteer bat care contacts do?
Bat rescue is a specialist area that requires experience and knowledge and should only be carried out by, or in conjunction with, an experienced carer/rehabilitator. As a care contact you will need to be able to:
- identify the species of bat - as this may affect the diagnosis.
- assess the health status of the bat - bats are very small and injuries like puncture wounds from a cat, broken bones or low weight will not always be obvious.
- make the right care choice for the individual bat - bats are protected and specific legislation exists in relation to their conservation and care. Anyone caring for a bat must be aware of this legislation and must follow the correct procedures to stay within the law.
- understand the need to make tough decisions - keeping bat welfare at the heart of every choice made to help alleviate suffering