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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 in 2014 celebrated the group's 30th birthday!

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 whole 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.

Membership - Join Us

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.
Join Us
Alternatively, please download the membership form* below & post it together with 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.
**Please do not send cash through the post.

Download and print a copy of our Membership Leaflet.

Latest News

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Spooky goings-on

Four members took the bat group stand to Elvaston Castle to spread the good word about bats at their Halloween event. The stand was really popular with the visiting families with children getting involved in making batty objects and learning about bats in general. Thanks to Marian, Ian, Helen & Ean for manning the stand and making it so successful.
Bat group stand at Elvaston Castle

Bat group stall at Elvaston Castle

Group reaches caving community

On the last weekend of September, DBCG had its inaugral visit to Hidden Earth, the UK's National Caving Conference. Member's Jess & Steve each gave a lecture on the Saturday morning on bats underground and our autumn swarming project.
Both talks recieved lots of questions and raised several discussions about bats underground. We disseminated some of the results from the current dataset.
We also had a bat group stand present at the event with lots of free information available for the 300 or so caving delegates at the event including bat cookies baked by Jess!

Derbyshire bat group at Hidden Earth caving conference
Above: Our stand at the National Caving Conference, Hidden Earth.

To view archived news items click here.

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Chairperson: Bill Cove
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