Welcome to the website of the Leicestershire & Rutland Bat Group

The Leicestershire and Rutland Bat Group is a voluntary organisation formed in 1984, dedicated to the conservation of bats in the two counties.  We are closely connected with Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, and affiliated to the Bat Conservation Trust.

The following list shows just a few of the things we do: 

  • Provide information about bats
  • Provide advice and assistance with bat issues
  • Survey roost sites
  • Record bat distribution
  • Give talks and organise bat walks
  • Provide basic training for members working towards their roost visitor's license
  • Care for 'grounded' or injured bats

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Upcoming Events - 2018

Bat hibernation surveys:

We have a few limited places for The Bat Conservation Trusts (BCT) National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) visit to a Hibernation Site on the east Leicestershire boarder with Rutland. There are two visits required for this count.

If you want to attend, the visits are programmed, weather permitting, on the Sunday Mornings of 21st January and then 18th February at 9:45 for a 10:00 start. The survey takes a couple of hours.

It’s a little walk over steep uneven ground to get there and usually cold and damp inside the hibernation site. So you would need warm clothes, Wellington boots, and a hat. As for equipment you will need a good torch, a pen light and it is useful if a few of us have binoculars.   
Please email me at joolstpartridge@gmail.com . Once I have your details I will send the address of where to meet. It is useful to have your mobile number too as we were snowed off once.

AGM - Wednesday 14th March 2018, 19.30, Glen Parva

We'll quickly go through our accounts, elect the committee etc followed by a talk about what the group has achieved so far and focus especially on our plans for 2018 and how you can get involved.  The group are purchasing a passive bat detector which members can borrow to see what bats are in their back gardens, as well as telling members about the walks and activities we have planned this year, from bat walks, bat cycle transects and hibernation site surveys.  If one of our bats waiting to be released has woken from hibernation, we'll bring it in for people to see.

We'll also go through simple bat calls to help people learn what to look out for when listening to bats as well as having drinks and nibbles to enjoy while we catch up.

We hope to see you there!