What to do if you find a bat

Any bat that is found on the ground, or in an exposed area, especially during the day, is likely to need help.

How can I help?

If the bat is on the ground, on an outside wall, or in an exposed area where it may be vulnerable, it should be contained in a box (see the instructions below).

Please don’t assume the bat is healthy and leave it outside to fly away.

During the summer months, it is also possible to sometimes find a baby bat that has either been orphaned or lost its way from a roost.  If you find a baby bat this should be treated as urgent in terms of seeking advice as a baby is extremely vulnerable and will need special care.  A baby bat will be about the size of a pound coin and have little or no fur.


You should avoid handling the bat, but if it is necessary WEAR GLOVES AND USE A TEA TOWEL TO LIFT THE BAT

Containing a bat

You will need:

  • A shoe box, with holes punched in the lid (or container of equivalent size)
  • A cloth or teatowel
  • A plastic bottle cap (milk bottle tops are perfect)

How to contain the bat:

1. Contain the bat:

a) Like a spider, by placing a box on top of it and sliding a piece of card underneath.

b) Alternatively, cover the bat with a cloth/teatowel and carefully scoop it up and place it in the box. (You should not handle the bat with bare hands.)

2. Put a tea towel or soft cloth in the box for the bat to hide in.

3. Put in a small, shallow container e.g. a plastic milk bottle top with a few drops of water (not enough for the bat to drown in). Make sure the water is topped up regularly.

4. Keep the bat indoors somewhere quiet and dark

5. Call a bat worker in your area – details can be found here

6. The bat worker will ask questions to establish if the bat is injured and will arrange to collect from you or they may give advice on how to release a healthy bat