Bats in care



Noctule (Nyctalus noctula)

This little noctule is a male, and has been christened “Rolf” by his bat carers Jo Allen and Jonathan Spencer. He was found grounded by a lady in Brandesburton on the 19th June at midday in her back garden, which is full of trees.  He’s not very old at all, has absolutely no hair, but is very active and vocal!

Brown long-eared bat (Plecotus auritus) 

Found in Stamford Bridge hanging only six inches above the ground. Successfully released three weeks later at the same spot.

Tickton (adult) and Al (pup) Common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus)

On 16th May 2011, this grounded female Common pipistrelle was found at Hull Bridge, Tickton with a damaged right wing.

After initial care and unable to sustain flight she was transferred to Jen an East Yorkshire Bat Group bat carer on 7th June 2011. A few days later on 16th June 2011 Tickton gave birth to Al (male), she was able to suckle and wean Al and after care and exercise they both were able to fly independently and had the skills to catch food, allowing them to be released back into the wild on 27th July 2011.

Tickton and Al became the second successful birth and weaning in captivity followed by release for East Yorkshire Bat Group.

Common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus)

Tom Thumb in care, enjoying eating his mealworm.


  1. good day i need help with my baby bat i have been feeding it milk and a egg yolk but i need to know what must i do if the bat gets bigger what must i give it to eat then i have had the bat for about 3 weeks now he/she likes the combination but i still need to know what to do next for the little one he/she is spreading its wing so i dont know if it wants to get out

    i am living in the mpumhalanga eara in Middelburg
    i realy need help

    thank You

    Ronel Nienaber

    • Hello Ronel

      When we have bats in care and they are babies we generally feed them puppy milk (powdered and then mixeed with water). Once they are taking this we then start to introduce solids. We feed our bats live mealworms, waxworms and somtimes crickets. When weaning off milk it is best to squeeze out the insides of the mealworm and waxmorms (careful not to give the bat the small translucent bone likes structure inside the waxworms) and feed it to them from the tip of clean paint brush or similar. Once you have done this for a few days, try leaving the bat with some of the insides in a small dish (small enough so it cannot sit in the food) and see if it can start to feed itself. Once you have weaned the bat of milk and it is on semi solids start to introduce the whole mealworm (with its head cut off – if the bat is not mobile the mealworm can move around and can start to feed of the bat). It should be a fairly quick transition from the semi solids to the solids. However, please note this works for the bat species we have here in the UK. It may not be the same for the bats in SA. I would strongly recommend you contact the The Endangered Wildlife Trust of South Africa which has a Bat Conservation Group.

      Claire Storey
      EYBG Secretary

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