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
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.
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 send your name, address, email address and membership fee (please make cheques payable to The Derbyshire Bat Conservation Group) to:
DBCG, c/o Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derbyshire, DE73 7LE.
Alternatively, download and print a copy of our Membership Leaflet
Update - A Watery Roost 2013:
In the May 2012 Newsletter we reported on the boathouse at Elvaston Castle which has a long history of a Daubenton’s bat roost.
Five group members undertook works in 2012 to exclude the pigeons from the building and it was noted at the time that further improvements could be made with the provision of bat boxes within the upper storey.
This November Alan & Steve Roe went back to hang three bat boxes on nails already in place on the inside wall of the upper storey and to place a bat brick on one of the wooden rafters.
Not Just Bats:
Our bat boxes provide homes for creatures other than bats; below top a Hornet nest spills out of box 13C at Pokers Leys in south Derbyshire whilst below bottom a pair of blue tits nested in this standard wooden box design. In the north of the county we once found a toad had took up residence in a rotting box that was on the floor after having fallen off the tree with old age!
Members placed a remote recording bat detector into an underground hibernation site to monitor levels of autumnal swarming activity by bats. The detector was left in place for a month before being collected and the data is currently being analysed. The results will be published in our annual report TRAGUS.
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Chairperson: Alan Wragg