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The Derbyshire Bat Conservation Group is a registered charity (registration number 1139339) working in partnership with the Bat Conservation Trust and in close contact with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. We are a voluntary organisation and are celebrating the group's 30th birthday this year!

As set out in our constitution, the group aims to advance the protection and conservation of bats, their roosts, feeding areas, hibernacula and surrounding environment in Derbyshire and to educate the public and the group's members in all matters related to bats.

Members of the group give advice on bat related issues and those who have a Natural England licence can examine roosts and any bats which are present. Membership extends across the county and visits can be arranged as required.

The group also records and maps the distribution of bats and operates a number of bat box schemes. Our records database represents a unique resource for bats in Derbyshire and we provide data to conservation bodies and ecological consultants on a regular basis.

Members of the group are happy to visit clubs and societies to give talks about bats and to lead walks. Please contact us for more information and/or to arrange an event.


Joining the group not only helps to protect Derbyshire's bats. All members receive a copy of our annual report TRAGUS and regular newsletters. We hold monthly indoor meetings and regular field events open to all members. Our current subscription rate is £6.50 per household for the first year, then £5 per year for renewal.

If you wish to join, please send your name, address, email address* and membership fee (please make cheques payable to The Derbyshire Bat Conservation Group) to:
DBCG, c/o Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire, DE73 7LE.
*You must provide an email address as all correspondence is electronic.

Alternatively, download and print a copy of our Membership Leaflet.

Latest News

July 2014 - Haddon's Hidden Residents

In mid-July we counted out the roost of soprano pipistrelle bats at Haddon Hall. The count this year was 237 and you can see some night vision footage by clicking the photo below.
Night Vision Footage

June 2014 - First Baby Bats in Derbyshire Confirmed

Juvenile Daubenton's bats have been spotted at one of our known maternity colony roost sites in the county during one of our monthly surveys.
Juvenile Daubenton's bat inside maternity roost'

June 2014 - Members Field Trip

Read about our visit to Worcestershire Bat Group to count out lesser horseshoes!
Worcs_Derbys groups before the survey

To view archived news items click here.

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Chairperson: Alan Wragg
various images of British bats
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