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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.

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.

If you wish to join, please download the membership form* below 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.

Download and print a copy of our Membership Leaflet.

Latest News

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25th October - Breakthrough at Findern

We've had a breakthrough at the bat box scheme owned by Findern Footpaths Group in the south Derbyshire village. We found 4 Leisler's bats in one of the boxes with evidence in others.
See the full story on our Events page
Leisler's bat at Findern

19th October - Derbyshire team catch barbastelle on LRWT Nature Reserve

As part of the same project below (see post immediately below), a remote recording SM2Bat+ detector was placed on the site to see if any possible Alcathoe bat recordings could be obtained. During the analysis process, a Trust staff member Nathalie found several dozen barbastelle bat recordings.
Some of these recordings were quite early on in the evening and so a team of 4 from Derbyshire & Leicestershire went on Friday 17th October and set up mist nets in the area the recordings were made. At 21:25 a female barbastelle was caught! She was a healthy bat and had bred this year.
This is the first confirmed record of a barbastelle bat from the site and is a fantastic end to the surveys that have been taking place there this year.
Barbastelle Bat Copyright Garry Gray

5 Sept - New Bat Species for Leicestershire

During an autumn swarming survey by Leicestershire & Derbyshire bat group members on 31st August 2014 at a Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve, a small Myotis bat was caught amongst 633 other bats. Measurements during the biometric measurement process suggested it was an Alcathoe bat (Myotis alcathoe) and so detailed information was collected and sent to Daniel Whitby (a UK expert in this species) for confirmation. Daniel has confirmed the species as an Alcathoe bat! This is only the third county in the entire UK which has a confirmed record for this species. Prior to this record, the species was only known in the UK from Yorkshire and Sussex. Further works are now taking place at the site as part of the licenced works. It suggests that Alcathoe bats are indeed spread wider across the country as thought by UK bat workers.
How exciting!
Alcathoe's Bat Copyright Steven Roe

Exciting News - serotines roosting in Derbyshire

DBCG can confirm a tenth breeding species in Derbyshire at a site north of Derby following confirmation by DNA analysis. An emergence survey on 9th June 2014 recorded six serotine bats leaving the roost site. Weekly monitoring confirmed maternity status, with one pup seen following mum in mid-July. The future of the building is uncertain, but it is perfect for this species, as is the matrix of habitat surrounding the location.

We have been confident of the presence of this species in the county since 2000 mainly on the Calke estate, but also at Willington, Kedleston and probably Breadsall. However this is the first confirmed roost site. We believe it may be the most northerly roost site in England for the species (Sam Dyer's Gwynedd site is the UK's most northerly). Given climate changes and the degradation of suitable habitat in the south of England and the increase in bat detector records, some significantly further north than Derbyshire, it's was only a matter of time! So keep your bat detectors at 27kHz and listen for a rhythmic call unlike the two-part call of noctule and Leisler's (but beware Leisler's calls peak at a similar level).

Alan Wragg,
Chair, DBCG.
To view archived news items click here.

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Chairperson: Alan Wragg
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