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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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Caves surveyed

Members survey caves for hibernating bats Read more here.
bat survey caves

New Mammal Species

A new species of bat, not recorded within Derbyshire since the last ice-age, has recently been recorded in the county! Read more here.
barbastelle bat Derbyshire

Hibernating bats

We undertook the first hibernation survey of the winter for the National Bat Monitoring Programme on 28th December in Ticknall. Despite the warm weather we found a brown long-eared in the tramway tunnel and a Natterer's in the powder store. We'll be undertaking a second check in February.
BLE Natterer's

Sad News

We are devastated here at DBCG to hear of the unexpected passing of Dr Kate Barlow. Kate was a great friend of the group who worked tirelessly in bat conservation for over a decade. It was her PhD research which helped to separate common & soprano pipistrelle bats in the 1990’s. Kate was behind the Nathusius’ pipistrelle project which we are currently undertaking and came to talk to the group earlier this year. Our deepest sympathy goes to her family and many friends. There is a tribute on the Bat Conservation Trust website and committee member Alan Wragg has written this tribute: Kate Barlow - A Memory.
Kate Barlow

Noctules galore

We recently checked our bat boxes at Elvaston Castle. Take a look at what we found!
Bat group at Elvaston Castle

To view archived news items click here.
Incy wincy teeny weeny batty watty called Bob
Chairperson: Bill Cove
various images of British bats

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