BBC True North – The Bat Catchers

Our bat care programme will feature on BBC 1 True North on Monday 21st January @ 10.40pm and Tuesday 22nd January on BBC 2 @10pm Bat-crazy volunteers Robin and Karen are on call 24/7 to save their favourite flying mammals. With a small team of volunteer ambulance drivers, they patrol the country rescuing bats from […]

Merry Christmas and Batty New Year

We would like to wish all of our volunteers, members, funders and partner organisations a very Merry Christmas and Batty New Year. See you all in 2019!  

Halloween Spooktacular Bat Safari- POSTPONED

**EVENT POSTPONED*** New event to be added for December 2018 Join us at Springhill, National Trust, Magherafelt on Friday 19th October @ 7pm-9pm for a spooktacular event including a bat/ghost walk followed by tea and Halloween cupcakes. There will be plenty of creepy crafts for kids too.  Free event for members of the NI Bat […]

Voluntary Work Placement Opportunity for Students

The Northern Ireland Bat Group are offering a volunteer work placement to university and further education students aged 18+ living in the North West region.  The student will be based at Creggan Country Park, Derry and will be tasked with: Answering bat roost enquiries and bat rescue calls on our helpline at Creggan Country Park […]

‘Bats a Fact’ Resource for Primary Schools

Thanks to funding from DAERA/NIEA Challenge Fund in 2017, our ‘Bats a Fact’ education resource for Primary schools is now available on our website. The pack includes a teacher resource booklet, powerpoint presentations and pupil activity sheets so that you can bring the amazing world of bats into the classroom – perfect for October as […]

Useful Contacts

Here are some useful contacts: Please note that we are an entirely voluntary organisation and do not employ anyone to deal with calls/queries.  If you have a bat related query please see appropriate contacts below:   Worried about a development? https://www.planningni.gov.uk/index/about_contacts/local_planning_offices.htm https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/contacts/planning-response-team   Found a bat? During weekdays 9am-5pm call CEDaR on 028 9039 5264 […]

Do you own a wood burning stove?

Yep we know it’s a random question but did you know we have received LOTS of calls from people who find bats inside their stove! Lucky for most bats they are found just in time but it makes you think how many have gone un-noticed All the caps of wood burning stove flues should have […]

We Went on a Bat Hunt!

We went on a Bat Hunt at Creggan Country Park, Derry on Thursday 19th July! A fantastic turnout with over 50 people of all ages excited to meet some of our rescued bats.  After the talk we stepped outside the door of the activity centre just in time to see soprano pipistrelles emerging from above […]

Murlough National Nature Reserve Bioblitz

We had a great time and met some amazing people with a passion for nature at Chris Packham’s Bioblitz event on Sunday 15th July. Thanks to Murlough National Nature Reserve – National Trust and Centre for Environmental Data and Recording – CEDaR Chris Packham for inviting us to lead the bat event on Friday – […]

Introduction to Bat Care Training

Thanks so much to Bat Conservation Ireland for organising the ‘Introduction to Bat Care’ workshop on 21st April 2018 and to everyone who came along – it was a fantastic day and perfect location! We have now set up the closed group ‘All Ireland Bat Care Network’ for bat carers, veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses, wildlife […]