East Dorset Bat Rescue & Rehabilitation

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What to do if you find a bat out by day

A bat seen outside during daylight on the ground or where predators can get it is in trouble. 

It could be ill or injured and needs help if it is to survive.

Put on a pair of gardening gloves to prevent yourself from being bitten.

Any frightened wild animal can bite to protect itself.

Use a tea towel or similar to cover and pick the bat up with.

The bat will need water for shock.

This can be offered, put kitchen roll paper soaked in water into a clean plastic milk bottle top or similar, place into a small cardboard box e:g-shoe/cereal box with the cloth with the bat in it into thebox. Make sure the bat cannot escape through any small gap,taping the lid will prevent the bat from escaping.

Put the box in a warm place while you wait for help.

November to March, if a bat is found outside it should be left outside in the box until we arrive or advise them on what to do.The bat should not be warmed up unless cat attacked.

Call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999

or the Bat Conservation
Trust Helpline on 0345 1300 228

or locally in East Dorset on 07746 743221

We're in need of new volunteers for 2015. If you want to help us care for the bats, do some DIY work on the flights, work on the admin, help us at events... we have a place for you! It's been our busiest year ever this year and we're a small group stretched to the limits now. We'd love to hear from you if you live in Dorset and think you might be able to help us out next year. Whether you can spare a single day next year, an hour once a month, a day a week or  anything in between, please get in contact. You can email us at edbrr.bats@gmail.com or call us on 07746 743221.


We are a small group of volunteers who are able to provide a 24 hour rescue service for the public when they find a bat in trouble. Our aim is to return as many bats as possible back to the wild providing they meet the pre-release criteria thus proving that the bat is fit and able to support itself in the wild independently.
We are contacted by the Bat Conservation Trust Helpline in London, the RSPCA, local vets,Dorset Bat Group plus via internet and a variety of other contacts from the public.The bats can be brought to our rehabilitation base in Upton,Poole.Here the bat will be assessed and treated as required by a licensed trained bat worker. We are grateful to our local vet David Holah and his team who are able to pin,stitch, advise etc. Bats are always released at the locations where they were found providing they can prove their ability to survive in the wild.Pups are released back once they are flying well and catching their own food on the wing. Often they are greeted back by their mothers and the close family members of their roost. We may not know exactly where a roost is located, but the bats of the same colony will recognise the call of one of their pups after as long as a month of hand rearing. A bat pup is fully grown in about 6-8 weeks of age, depending on species. Dorset is one of the few counties in Britain to have records of all 17 species.We have various flights for rehabilitating the bats back to independance but we have need for a very large flight to enable proper rehabilitation of the larger bats.However our funds are small and we rely totally on public donations for vet fees,food, housing, heat mats, incubators,large flights, etc.


We rely on the generosity of the public to fund our service. If you are able to help raise funds to help return bats back into the wild or wish to learn more please contact us.Paperback novels,puzzles, DVD's, children's toys, games and books are always valuable for our stall.Talks and visits with licensed educational bats are available for schools and groups.
To discuss your requirements Tel- 07746743221

How it all began.....

Many casualties have come through the rescue in the past few years. It all started one early morning with a call to go and deal with a bat which had just crawled out of a plug hole in a bathroom sink.I was training for my bat licence at the time and the lady who had been called was unable to attend.Having had many years experience with professional qualifications in large and small animal care I had a vague idea of drying, warming, rehydrating and feeding for return to the wild. This bat was lucky as she was lactating and I returned her fit and well after her ordeal back to the householder's garden to go and find her pup again.
Since that day with lots of reading, advice from the vet ( who fortunately
has an interest in bats ) and searching both nationally and internationally for advice from other experienced bat rehabilitators,a local service is available on a volunteer basis. Funding is our biggest problem as x-rays are not cheap. Some bats are now successfully stitched after horrendous wing damage providing there is still a good blood supply.
Today all bats released are banded for identification as part of the project and are released always back at the location they were found. Bats are protected by law and need to return to their family colony to continue their lives. We have numerous flights (aviaries for bats ) for bats to recover in.One of our flights is outside but we need to raise funds for a much larger flight for the larger species of bats to recover in. All bats must feed self sufficiently for release, fly strongly for 20 minutes, and be able to fly up from the ground should they become grounded for any reason.The service is run totally by volunteers and no petrol or administration has been taken from the funds. Every penny we raise goes directly into bat care and education

Sally Humphreys -Founder.


We are in partnership with Bat Conservation Trust

and affiliated to Dorset Bat Group

  Please send non-urgent queries to-


 although anyone who finds a bat should still phone the mobile number.


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