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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

| Nathusius' news page | Swarming survey page |

1st December - Analysis Workshop

10 members have deployed the group's new AnaBat Express bat detector around the County this summer. The data has been collected and saved ready for analysis and so on the last day of November, 6 members met to go through some of the recordings made.
Data from 7 previously un-surveyed 1km squares were analysed with 8 species of bat found, including some new Nathusius' pipistrelle records. A total of 24 squares were surveyed and the full results will be posted here soon.
Members in computer workshop

24th November - Record find at Elvaston

The record for the largest number of bats found during a bat box check in Derbyshire. An eye-watering 67 bats were found on the day!
See the full story on our Events page
Members look on as a box is checked

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

To view archived news items click here.

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