Bat Care and Bat Surveying

We have several bat species locally and are conserved about their long term survival.
La Société Guernesiaise’s Bat Section is involved in surveying roost sites and would welcome your involvement!
We carry out maternity roost site counts in June and early July.
At other times of the year we survey caves and underground tunnels to establish where bats are hibernating and swarming.
If you would like to get involved or have seen bats coming out of your roof, please contact us.

We have started the Autumn survey work, and our first result have been very exciting!
Our recorders picked up evidence of Greater Horseshoe Bats which haven’t been seen since the 1960’s!
The efforts of the community make discoveries like these possible, and enable us to understand more about our island’s wildlife.

Here is the evidence we recorded for the Greater Horseshoe bat:
Greater Horseshoe Bats

For comparison, here is a Common Pipestrell bat which was recorded on the same night:

Aimée Golden and Jane Gilmour are the two local licenced bat carers. We have bats in at the moment and are at capacity. We would be delighted if anyone would like to join us.
The Bat Conservation Trust has guidelines for care.
(if you’re interested in getting involved, click Here for a great guide regarding bat care. For further guidelines, click Here)

All you need to get involved;

  • A vivarium, or a pop-up cage
  • A quite room away from other pets
  • Gloves
  • Live meal worms
  • A warm fleece/blanket
  • A heat mat
  • A shallow dish for water and food
  • A lot of patience and commitment!

Here’s a video of a bat I cared for in the past, grooming itself while hanging.
For more videos and images, please check out the Bat Gallery!