About us

East Yorkshire Bat Group (EYBG) is a voluntary organisation set up in 1990, one of around 90 similar county-based bat conservation groups in the UK. EYBG is a partner group within the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) and works in partnership Natural England.

What we do

Research and conservation                             

East Yorkshire Bat Group carries out surveys of bat roosts, habitat, feeding areas and hibernation sites in the county. The data is used by conservation bodies and ecological consultants.

We have a number of bat boxes schemes which provide additional safe roost sites for bats which are also monitored during the year increasing our knowledge of the ecology of bats.

The group has a number of bat carers who help rescue and rehabilitate injured or grounded bats in the county.


We offer advice and information to householders about sharing their home with bats and information about how to encourage bats into your garden.

Education and events

We regularly share our enthusiasm about bats and aim to increase public awareness about bat conservation through talks and summer bat walks.


We receive and hold records of bat roosts and sightings in East Yorkshire.


The group offers basic training on the use of bat detectors and the handling and identification of bats in the hand. The group offers more advanced training for those members who wish to carry out licensable activities on behalf of BCT Bat Helpline.

Join us

If you decide to join us you will be helping to conserve and protect East Yorkshire’s bats and you’ll receive a regular newsletter keeping you up to date with the latest bat news, indoor meetings and field events, which all members are welcome to join.


  1. Hi there,

    Sorry about the late response to your comment – if you live in central Hull then try your local park. Pearson Park and East Park have bats flying around in the evenings from 20-30 minutes after sunset April-September are the best times to be out on a warm evening with temperatures above 10C. The best places to find bats hunting are around the ponds – your local neighbourhood bat ‘common pipistrelle’ and sporano pipistrelle are the most common species to find there.

  2. Is there any bats in our old cemeteries please?

    • Hi,
      Cemeteries are usually great places for bats especially in an urban environment providing dark green speces, sometimes they’ll roost in cracks/holes and under bark of larger older trees and feed on insects you usually see flying around.

  3. Hi,

    I live in the Old Town of Hull, very close to the River Hull. Can you please tell me if this is a good area for spotting bats on a warm evening?

    I’d really love to learn more, thank you for any help you can give me.

    Kind regards,

    Kay Challis

    • Hello Kay

      Firstly I apologise if you have not received a response until now. Our group has being going through a change in secretary and we are a bit behind on responses. Any waterbody is good for bats, particularly Daubenton and Soprano pipistrelle, but you may find other species there too. You say that you would like to learn more about bats and this is fantastic. The best way to do this is through joining our bat group. We have visits throughout the year which range from surveying churches, woodlands and bat box checks in the spring and autumn. We would love to have you come along and join in the batty fun! – Claire (EYBG Secretary).

  4. Hi
    I am thinking of joining, could you please let me know where you usually meet?

    • Hello Nettie

      I apologise for not getting back to you sooner. We have recently had a change in secretary and now is the busy time for bat surveys etc, so our responses can get delayed at this time of year. We carry out surveys and bat boxes checks across East Yorkshire (and some in North Yorkshire too), so we meet wherever the surveys are. We have woodlands (where we do bat box checks) in Allerthorpe, Wheldrake, North Cliffe, Top Hill Low, and Millington. But we add and change our other visits each year. We have an end of year reviewing October where we meet (in Beverely), have a guest speaker and discuss what has happened in the previous year and what we intend to do in the next. We would love for you to come along to our batty events. Claire (EYBG Secretary).

  5. I have seen a bat flying past my conservatory on a night when it’s it goes past quite alot wonderd is there any food I can put out for it sorry don’t know which bat it is

    • Hello Neil

      Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. There is no food specifically that the bats need other than what they are catching in your garden already. What you can do to enhance the food source the bats need is to plant night scented flowers. These attract insects which in turn will provide more food for the bats. For the types of plants and other things you can do to attract bats please look at the Bat Conservation Trust website at this link – http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/encouraging_bats.html.
      thanks you for contacting EYBG
      Claire – EYBG Secretary

  6. Hi there I work for the RSPCA and have brought a weak pipistral bat home with me near hornsea, I have fed and watered it and tried release however will not fly, I have checked the wings best I can and do not appear ripped. Is there anyone who could collect to rehabilitate it? Please advise

    • Hello Laura

      Apologies for not getting back to you sooner. I am hopeful that you will have found someone to take care of the bat that you had brought in to you at the RSPCA. For future reference if you ever get any further grounded bats brought in, please contact the Bat Conservation Trust helpline 0345 1300 228. There are bat carers all over the country and the Bat conservation Trust have a list of carers for each area. They will be able to provide you with a phone number for the nearest person. I hope the bat made a successful recovery.

      Claire – EYBG Secretary

  7. I know somebody who is interested in joining your bat group, how do they go about doing this please?

    • Hi there,

      Just click on the ‘Join Us’ page of the East Yorkshire Bat Group website and there are instructions of how to join.

      Thanks for your inquiry

  8. Building on settingdyke in hull a vetran village been told there is bats can u give me advice pls

  9. Hello I would like to learn more about bats. Bats fly over my pond on an evening and I would love to learn more about them. Bat walks/talks. Please can you provide any additional information.


    • Hello Chris – I am sorry that this response is rather late. We are right in the middle of bat season and therefore we find it hard to keep an eye on posts and comments. If you join our bat group (https://eastyorkshirebatgroup.wordpress.com/join-east-yorkshire-bat-group/) you will get to see bats up close through many of our bat box checks and we also do bat walk and talks. Is there a specific group that you belong where you would like to set up a bat walk/talk. Please contact me on eybgvbrvtrainer@gmail.com to discuss further.

  10. We require 3 bat survey’s on a barn in the Doncaster area for planning permission to progress. Do you carry out such survey’s and if so at what approximate cost?

    • Hello Paul – as a bat group we do not usually undertake surveys specifically related to development. There are a number of ecological consultants that can do this for you. I suggest that you use the CIEEM website and search for ecological consultants near you and get a prices and compare what you will get for your money. Apologies this response is rather tardy.

  11. Hello there I would like some advice please last year I had a tree surgeon round to do some work on my conifers and he stopped and explained that there’s bats in there and explained that the rules and law to myself now my neighbor and we agreed to stop now my neighbor is threatening me with council etc and taking it further and sending me bulling letters to get them cut but I’ve explained to a.m. blue in the face by law we can not touch them. And I have video footage from last year and I’ve done another video on July 14th 2018 at 10pm showing bats is ther anyway that someone can come round to my address plse or contact me I will pay or do a donation my phone number is+447985404190 or my address is 29 topcroft close Middlesbrough ts3 0bg

    • Hello Paul – you may well have already sourced someone to help out given the tardy response. We apologise. Given that you live in Middlesborough it is to far away fro any of our bat group members to come. Durham Bat Group is nearer to you that we are. Here is their web address – http://www.durhambats.co.uk. Regards EYBG

  12. My name is Julian Clappison I live in Preston East Yorkshire. I make bat boxes along with other homes and feeders for birds and hedgehogs. I would like to talk with someone about what I am doing.
    I have made The Kent Bat Box.
    I have spoken to BCG for advice they gave me contact information for uour selfs aswell as other advice.
    Regards Julian Clappison

    • Hello Julian

      It is great that you are making boxes for our wildlife. I will give you a call to discuss the bat boxes. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. Claire

  13. Hello
    I have a small bat on the out side wall of my house he has been there for 24 hrs now and not moved much.
    I’m not sure if it’s injured or if this is normal behaviour. There are insects in the bush near where it is but I just wondered if you could give me any advice to help it

    • Hello Lisa – I am not sure what has happened here but I never got a notification that you had posted a comment. Apologies. If this should happen again there is a Bat helpline and they will be able to provide you with a contact for someone near you that can come and help any bats. The number for the Bat Conservation Trust is 0345 1300 228. Thank you for getting in touch with the group.

  14. Hello guys I wanted to introduce myself, I’m Josh Saunders an I am the new countryside access officer assistant replacing James. Just wanted to get in touch with you and wondered when you started running events again.

    • Hi Josh – just doing a bit of housekeeping – we have already had some comms – this part of the website is not monitored as we don’t have people with capacity to do this.


  15. Hi i wonder if you can help. There is an old out building on my street which i believe is housing bats, i have seen them flying in summer but dont want to enter the outbuilding just incase i do damage if bats are living there.
    I am concerned that this outbuilding is earmarked for demolition as planning has been approved for development of this area to make way for car parking.
    Would anyone from your group be able to investigate if this building is housing bats.

    • Hello Leah – apologies for the tardy response. We currently do not have anyone the group who has the capacity to regularly check on the comments left. I suspect that this response is a little late now so again I am sorry. The LPA have a legal obligation ensure that any developer provide evidence that structures are not used by protected species. They should ensure that there is an ecological report provided with planning application to ensure that activities such as demolition do not injure or kill bats, which is an offence if they do not have a licence from Natural England. Our bat group do not get involved in carrying out surveys for development purposes I am afraid. Regards. Claire – EYBG Secretary

  16. My daughter loves bats and wants to know more on how she can become more involved and how to become a member

    • Hello Grace – Apologies for the late response – we currently do not have anyone in the group who has capacity to regularly check the comments. If you daughter is interested in bats, she would be more than welcome to join our group. Over the last couple of years our group has not been very active due to the pandemic but we are hoping to be more active this year (albeit with some restrictions in place). If you click on our ‘Join Us’ page there is a form to complete with instructions on how to pay for membership. It is only £5.00 per year and it covers the whole household rather than a single person. Hope this helps. Claire – EYBG Secretary

  17. Do we need to log that we have bats ?
    I think they nest in next doors trees, how do we register them ?
    Also I want to put up a bat box, is this ideal so close to another nest ?

    • Hello Mandy – Apologies that this response is late. At the moment we do not have anyone regularly checking the comments on the website. It is fine to put up bat boxes – don’t worry if there are other bats in the areas – they are likely to be from the same colony/ population. If you have bat roost in your house then our bat group would love to have this information, it all helps to build up a picture of where they are. I don’t know what kind of tree it is that your neighbours have, but I suspect that it might just be bats using the trees to forage around and catch insects, but there is a possibility of a roost being in the tree. We do not usually keep record of bats that are observed flight but we do like to know if people have roosts in their homes. If you are going to put up a bat box, try to place it about 4m up on a wall or a tree and on the east, west or south aspect (north is too cold and you are unlikely to get any bats favouring a box on that aspect. I hope this helps. Claire -EYBG Secretary

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