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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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Swarming Surveys Get Underway

On Saturday 25th July 2015 we undertook the first survey of this year's project. Read more on our Swarming survey page.
Triple Bank Harp Trap used for Autumn Swarming survey Derbyshire

Reflections Magazine Article

We've got a piece about our work in the current edition of Reflections Magazine. Click the image below to download and read - we're on page 34.
Reflections Magazine

Hospitalised bat

One of our members was called to collect a grounded bat from the Royal Derby Hospital. This Brandt's bat was found on the 5th floor in the cafe! It appears to be healthy and is being fed up on mealworms and we're hoping to release it in the next day or two.
Brandt's bat collected from Royal Derby Hospital

New Video

Watch our new video of Leisler's bats emerging from a bat box recorded this week. DBCG Bat Videos.

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

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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