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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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Discovering Bats in Little Eaton

On Friday 4th August 2017 we gave a bat talk and walk for the new volunteer group 'Little Eaton Canal Restoration Group'. 25 people came out for the walk around the village and down the old canal and 3 bat species were detected with great views of noctule and common pipistrelle bats.
Little Eaton Villagers watch bats flying around the church


On Thursday 4th May we will be undertaking a BatoBlitz to try and record bats in the few remaining 1km squares of Derby City with no bat records. Members can find out more here.

Spring Cleaning

Two members helped clean one of the county's most important roosts. Click here to find out more.
Cleaning UK bat roost in Derbyshire home

Winter Wonders

Two members went crawling into some of the Peak District caves over the festive break. Click here to see what they found.
brown long-eared bat hibernating in Derbyshire cave Bat Walks Booklet Front Cover

DBCG becomes Publisher!

DBCG is delighted to announce that we have just published a 52-page booklet: "Bat Walks in Derbyshire" and you can put yours on order now!
This booklet is aimed at the general public to educate them about Derbyshire's bats & to encourage them to get out there and discover the world of bats for themselves.

How can you get it?

Click the Shop button on the main menu to buy online or view a list of other stockists.

Swarming Report Publication

On 12th March 2016, at the Midlands Regional Bat Conference, DBCG disseminated the results of our autumn swarming project. We simultaneously launched our summary report at that same event and online on the projects page.

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

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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