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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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Group attends Crime Conference

We speak at the first wildlife crime conference along with Chris Packham, Mark Avery and others. Read more on our events page.
Malcolm speaks with Chris Packham at the BAWC wildlife crime conference

Group buys second harp trap

DBCG bought their first harp trap in 2001 which made up 58% of our expenditure that year. As time has progressed, our survey and research work has increased. Last year we borrowed a second harp trap to enable us to undertake further work on our underground sites project. The committee made the decision to purchase a second trap a few weeks ago and we've just received it. We're looking forward to undertaking more research this autumn.
Harp trap outside Derbyshire cave

22nd February - New Record

NBMP hibernation surveys continue with record numbers of bats found in two of our sites.
Bat group members survey Derbyshire mine for hibernating bats


To view archived news items click here.

Incy wincy teeny weeny batty watty called Bob
Chairperson: Alan Wragg
various images of British bats
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