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.

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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).


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