Bat Care and Rehabilitation

Often injured and orphaned wildlife need a helping hand from us humans and bats are no exception. 

Bats can be found grounded due to a number of causes, including cat attack, dehydration, hunger, separation from parent and a host of other reasons. Luckily for bats, there are trained and dedicated bat carers across the UK who rescue, rehabilitate and release poorly bats. Being a wild animal, bat carers need to undertake special training for handling of bats, especially because some species are known to carry rabies which means trained bat carers need to be vaccinated against rabies in order to safely handle bats. 

If you are a member of the public and you find an injured bat you can help by contacting Bat Conservation Trust helpline on 0345 1300 228 for a trained carer, use gloves (gardening gloves are ideal) to put bat in a secure box (i.e. cardboard box with small 1cm holes punched in) with a teatowel and milk bottle top with a little bit of water to keep the bat safe until a carer can collect.

DISCLAIMER: Members of the public should avoid handling bats, but if it is necessary WEAR GLOVES due to the small risk of a type of rabies.

For more information, please visit 'Basic Bat Care' on Bat Conservation Trust website.

Case Studies: Bats in Our Care

Both of us are registered bat carers, and we cover a large part of Wales as there are currently very few bat carers in Wales. 

We have had numerous bats in our care, all with different personalities and reasons for needing care.

 

Please read below for individual fact files on the different bats we have cared for.

Geoffrey

Species: Common pipistrelle

Found: Inside building crawling up corridor (Bynea)

Taken into care: April 2018

Likely cause of grounding: Underweight

Weight at start: 0.5g

Weight at release: 4.5g

Released?: Yes - end of May 2018

Fun fact: Towards the end of being in our care, Geoffrey would get impatient whilst eating his dinner and try and take off

RELEASED

Cornelius (Fudge)

Species: Common pipistrelle

Found: Flying around house in daylight (Ystradgynlais)

Taken into care: July 2018

Likely cause of grounding: Underweight, dehydrated and very young

Weight at start: 2g

Weight at release: N/A

Released?: No - died 24 hours after being taken into care

Personality fact: Despite being very young and underweight, Mr. Fudge was very chatty 

R.I.P

Dewi

Species: Common pipistrelle

Found: Grounded outside with puncture wounds (Llanelli)

Taken into care: May 2018 by Devon bat carer

Likely cause of grounding: Caught by cat

Weight at start: 3.8g

Weight at release: 5g

Released?: Yes - collected by us and released back at site found

Personality fact: Dewi was collected by a Devon bat carer who described him as fiesty and noisy. When released he was very eager to go and was shouting for us to let him go.

RELEASED

Frigg

Species: Common pipistrelle

Found: Grounded outside with wing tears (Morriston)

Taken into care: July 2018

Likely cause of grounding: Caught by cat (holes in wing)

Weight at start: 4g

Weight at release: 

Released?: No - died in care of unknown cause

Personality fact: Frigg (named after Friday 13th) is a very chatty bat and likes to hang upside down in his custom made pouch.

R.I.P.

Mid-July 2018

End of July 2018

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Bat and Marine Mammal care is all undertaken by us in a voluntary capacity. Donations to put towards care materials (vet treatment, medic equipment etc) are greatly appreciated. Please consider donating by using the Paypal Donate button to the right. Thank you.