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.

Advice

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.

Records

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

Training

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.

Responses

  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

    • Do you run any family events for bat views;please?

      • Hi Helen

        I am sorry for the delay. We do not have anyone keeping an eye on the posts I am afraid. we have a few members of the group who do public talks and sometimes we may have some bats in care that can be viewed but this is not guarantee. Becoming a member of the bat group will provide you newsletters and details of group activities where we encourage families to join in. Please see our website ‘Join us’ page.

        If you are looking for family events you should keep and eye on the following links – there won’t be anything for bats until the spring now, but our bat group do have joint events in the bat activity season. https://eastridingcoastandcountryside.co.uk/whats-on/

        Kind regards

        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.
      Regards

      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.

    Regards
    Chris

    • 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
    07966288035.

    • 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.

      C

  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

  18. Hi,
    I bought a bat detector, do you run any courses at all on bat calls and identification, in order to get the best out of it?
    If not, can you suggest any literature or websites?
    Thanks,
    Ben

    • Hello Ben

      Apologies for the tardy response.

      Its great that you have a bat detector and I hope that you will be able to enjoy the magical sounds from the bats in your area. Sadly our group do not run any courses on bat calls, although when we do membership events we do try to help those new to batting with how to ID bat calls.

      There are several sources available to you to help with ID – some free and some not

      Russ, J. (2012) British Bat Calls: A Guide to Species Identification. Pelagic Publishing, Exeter.
      https://www.bats.org.uk/about-bats/bat-detectors-1/bat-detectors


      https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/training-and-conferences/training-for-ecologists/certificate-of-bat-acoustics-analysis-batability
      I hope the above gives you a starter and enjoy your detecting (the bats will be few and far between now, but will start again in Spring). If you want to join our bat group please see our ‘Join us’ page. We do not have many events now but in the Spring we will start again.

      Kind Regards

      Claire EYBG Secretary

  19. Hello
    I would like to know more about the bats in Hull.

    David

    • Hello David

      We have circa 10 species of bats in East Yorkshire although some of the bats will be those that prefer wooded areas or where there are water bodies. The main species of bats that you are likely to see and hear around Hull (specifically in the built up areas) are common and soprano pipistrelles and Noctule’s (flying high). Ever year Pearson Park has a bat event where you can hear and see bats. East Riding Countryside Event team (Council) have a what’s on page and there are events (in the summer months) involving bats – if you sign up to their newsletter/ webpage you get to find out about these events. The other bats that you may hear and/ or see are Whiskered, Brandts, Daubenton, Natterers, Brown long-eared but these bats are unlikely to be seen or heard in the built up environment of Hull.

      I hope this has been useful.

      Claire – EYBG Secretary

  20. Please can you help? I have a bat
    Peacefully sleeping under my dresser unit in the shop which run. Would it be possible for someone to re- home it. I have wondered if it had come through my dropped ceiling lights.

    • Hello Kathryn

      I apologise for the tardy response. We do not currently have anyone who can regularly pick up posts like this. I hope that you managed to get the bat released or taken to a vet/ carer. If you should find any bats in the future please contact the Bat Conservation Trust at this link and number (they have some excellent advice on what to do in the first instance once a bat I s found). https://www.bats.org.uk/advice/help-ive-found-a-bat, tel:03451300228.

  21. Hi,

    I work and keep my horse in Dalton Park, South Dalton. Over the past few weeks we have found 2 long eared brown bars. One out in the blazing afternoon sun and another today very wet on his back. Both have been taken to Bradbury bird and wildlife rehab in molescroft.
    The lovely lady there suggested I contact an organisation such as yours to see whether you would be interested in coming to the area and checking out our bat population. We would certainly be interested to know what we have in the local area as we are keen to make it as hospitable as possible.

    We have our fingers crossed that the two we have rescued can be re released.

    • Hello Katrina

      Sorry for not getting back to you. we do not have anyone in the group who can regularly check on posts. Could you please email on eybgvbrvtrainer@gmail so we can discuss whether our bat group could do a visit for you and tell you what you have. In all probability I was the person that Bradbury Wildlife rehab contacted to take on bats they have brought in. Quite often we do not get the finder details to advise them how the bats are gettign along.

      Kind regards

      Claire Storey
      EYBG Sectretary

  22. Hello everyone.
    Some advice please. I am the chair of Flixborough Parish Council in North Lincolnshire. We are looking to arrange a survey of bat colonies in our parish due to a forthcoming planning application from a company wishing to demolish certain areas in preparation of erecting a recycling plant.
    As you can imagine we a particularly anxious to protect our local colonies. Could you advise us on a way forward on this issue please. Apparently the Lincolnshire Bat protection is unavailable at the moment.
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Many thanks

    Gill Shanahan

  23. Would you consider giving a talk to Flamborough WI. I know it’s a bit far.
    Margot

    • Hi Margot

      Sorry for the tardy response. Could you please contact me at eybgvbrvtrainer@gmail.com so we can discuss what we can do for your WI regarding a talk.

      Kind regards

      Claire
      EYBG Secretary

  24. Help ! I am pretty sure I have bats in my eaves
    I can here squeaky chirping in the dead of night !
    I don’t have a problem with bats however a brown stain has appeared on the coving and is getting bigger … no leaks and it’s not a water mark looks a little crusty ..! Any suggestions please
    TIA Suzanne

    • Hi Suzanne
      Sorry for the tardy response – we do not have anyone n the group who can regularly check. You could try ringing the Bat Conservation Trust on tel:03451300228 and look at their website at this link – https://www.bats.org.uk/advice/do-i-have-bats. They may be able to organize for a Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor to come and have a look but generally they may need evidence that it is bats before a roost visit. Are you able to look inside the loft and look for signs of bats (specifically where the stain has appeared)? Bat droppings can look like mouse droppings – the difference being is that mouse dropping do not break up when squeezed between the thumb and finger. I the droppings break up and turn into a dust like substance then you probably bats. The other way to see if you have bats is to watch the emerging (this may take a few nights to find out where the emergence pioint is) but we are in the Autumn/ Early winter months now so any bats you may have had are likely to have dispersed to their mating and hibernation roosts. The best time to check for bats (other than the droppings) would be Spring / summer 2023. If you do have bats then a roost visitor will certainly try to help with the stain that ha appears and hopefully prevent it from getting any worse. I am sorry I cannot provide you with any further.

      Kind Regards

      Claire EYBG Secretary


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