Grounded and Injured Bats

In Northern Ireland, bats and their roosts are protected under the law.  From time to time members of the public encounter:

  •  Injured bats
  • Bats in rooms in the house
  • Bats prior to / during home building works
  • Wildlife Crime against bats

For advice on injured bats, bats in rooms, bats discovered during building or tree works, please contact:

During Office Hours (Mon – Fri 9am-5pm):

– CEDaR (Centre for Environmental Data and Recording)

email: cedar.info@nmni.com, or telephone: 028 9039 5264

 

Bat Conservation Trust National Bat Helpline:

0345 1300 228

 

Outside Office Hours (after 6pm and weekends only): Northern Ireland Bat Group Volunteers

Ambulance Drivers – Will collect and transport to the nearest bat carer:

  • Antrim: Dave Welsh – 07513577118
  • Armagh/Mid Ulster: Fiona Dyer – 07707041947
  • Belfast: Amy Arnott – 07929228771
  • Craigavon/Newry: Sinead Griksas USPCA – 07850484770
  • Crumlin: Rebecca Cairns – 07784812234
  • Derry/Tyrone: Simon Pickett – 07855098642
  • Derry: Joanne Hamilton – 07749908986
  • Dundonald: Nathan McIlwrath – 07935023294
  • Fermanagh: Dineka Maguire – 07842668754
  • Newtonabbey: Geoff Newell – 07808363729
  • Newtownabbey, Carrick, Belfast & Antrim: Phil McCartney – 07803519579
  • Tyrone: Dee Muckle – 07713246276

Bat Carers:

  • Belfast: Donna Allen – 07902 929 368
  • Belfast: Austin Hopkirk – 07769 950 758
  • Derry: Karen Healy – 07704 045 262
  • Newtonards/Belfast: Richard Ayre – 07846611525
  • North Coast/Ballymoney/Ballymena: Andrew Dick – 07754842954
  • North Down: Robin Moffitt MBE – 028 9185 2239

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NORTHERN IRELAND BAT GROUP IS A VOLUNTARY ORGANISATION AND MAY NOT BE IN A POSITION TO HELP YOU IMMEDIATELY WITH YOUR ENQUIRY.

WE HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS AVAILABLE TO COVER ALL OF NORTHERN IRELAND. IF YOU CANNOT REACH US ON THE TELEPHONE PLEASE LEAVE A VOICEMAIL AND OUR VOLUNTEERS WILL GET BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS THEY CAN.

**BIG CHANGES COMING SOON**

We will be launching a County Helpline and will be run entirely by volunteers from April 2019

  • Antrim

  • Derry

  • Down/Armagh

  • Fermanagh/Omagh

Publications

A hard copy of Bat Care Guidelines for Vets is available on request and will be sent by post.

The North West Bat Project leaflet – contains some great information about bats, including what to do if you find a grounded bat or a bat in your house.

Click here to download information sheet on grounded bats from Bat Conservation Trust

Click here to download a leaflet from the National Parks and Wildlife Service about what to do if you find a bat in your house..