Welcome to the Northern Ireland Bat Group

Northern Ireland is home to eight of the nine species of bats found in Ireland. All of our bats are small, shy, harmless mammals that are vulnerable to disturbance. Full protection in law makes it an offence to harm or disturb bats as well as the places where they live.

The Northern Ireland Bat Group was formed in 1985, the year when bats first achieved protected status in the province. The Group’s members, who come from all walks of life, share a common interest in bats and their conservation.


For advice about bats, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

If you require further information, please contact us.


Sick, injured or orphaned bats need specialist care - find out what to do and who to contact.

Bat Sightings

Bat sightings are important. They can indicate the health of local populations and guide action where necessary. Find out how to report a bat sighting.