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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.

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.

Latest News

April 2014 - New Video

The group purchased new night-vision recording equipment in the new year and the first roost count using it was undertaken just before this Easter bank holiday weekend. The Daubenton's roost in the Boathouse at Elvaston Castle is going to be monitored every month this summer and so this video will be updated as the year goes on. For now, take a look at the footage; how many bats can you count emerging?
Elvaston Castle Boathouse Daubenton's bat roost

April 2014 - #MidBatConf

We're posting a new bat photo to Twitter every day from now until the day of the Midlands Bat Conference on Saturday 27th April. You can see the photos by clicking on the tweet feed on the right-hand side of this page.

March 2014 - Spring Clean

The largest known brown long-eared bat roost that is monitored in the UK resides in Derbyshire. Over 250 bats can make quite a pile of droppings so two volunteers from the bat group helped the roost owner clear the growing pile of droppings from the roof void. Thin plastic sheeting laid throughout the void at the time of the last clean meant that the old polythene was bagged up and brand new sheeting laid within half an hour.
Below: one of the smaller areas of droppings before and after.
brown long-eared bat droppings from a large roost in a Derbyshire roof void

New polythene plastic sheeting after the bat droppings were removed from the roof void

February 2014 - Hibernating Brandt's

A hibernating Brandt's bat found hanging exposed on a wall during an annual survey of an underground site in mid-Derbyshire.
Hibernating Brandt's bat

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