There's a bat outside on a wall in the daytime, what should I do?

Unfortunately, some years aren't as kind to bats as others. In particular, a cold and wet summer generally causes problems: the severe lack of insects means that many mothers don’t have the energy to keep suckling their young and youngsters that manage to start hunting on their own often starve. Bats are a vital part of our native wildlife and should be cherished. Please help them by following this advice:

  • Time is of the essence when it comes to injured or exhausted bats. Any bat seen during the day hanging from a wall or lying on the ground needs help.
  • Even if it is not obviously injured, the bat will need to be examined by a bat carer and probably fed up before being released at night. Please do not leave the bat outside to fly away or try to release it yourself.
  • Instead use a SOFT CLOTH or GLOVES to put the bat in a box and add a teatowel for the bat to hide in.
  • Do not use bare hands as there is a very small risk that the bat might carry a rabies type virus.
  • As soon as the bat is contained, contact a bat carer. You can find a list of local careers on the Sussex Bat Group website.
  • If you are having trouble contacting a carer, call the Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228. They have details of bat carers operating throughout the UK and the helpline is open evenings, weekends and bank holidays.
  • Time is of the essence. So persevere and always leave a message if you can. Bat carers are devoted volunteers so they will get back to you.

Posted in: Bats on 12 June 2015

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