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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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Noctule bats back in residence

We have a bat box scheme at Carsington Water Reservoir and we have a couple of large colony boxes which are larger than standard bat boxes. We went up to count out the bats earlier this week and have 65 emerge! You can watch the video on our videos page.
Noctule bat at the entrance of a large colony bat box

Above: Noctule bat sat at the entrance of a large colony bat box before emerging on a summer's evening.

Our book on new shelves!

You may have heard that Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (DWT) have opened two charity shops in Derbyshire in Bakewell and Belper. They have very kindly offered to stock our Bat Walks in Derbyshire Booklet and we're hoping to see then fly off the shelves, so don't forget, if you're in town don't forget to pop in and pick up your copy!
Handing over our booklet to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust
Above: Vice chair Steve hands over the books to Bakewell shop manager Jenny.

Winter Work

The public often ask what we do during the winter months when bats are fast asleep in hibernation. We're actually very busy organising events for the coming year, catching up on various bits of administration work that our charity duties require us to and undertaking winter hibernation surveys.
We undertake around seven hibernation surveys each winter at various locations around the county.
Winter hibernation survey

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
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Incy wincy teeny weeny batty watty called Bob
Chairperson: Bill Cove
various images of British bats

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