Handling Injured Bats
You will need: A cloth/tea towel, gloves if you have them (bats are usually shy animals but they do have tiny teeth and may bite if they are frightened, as would you, so please take precautions to avoid being bitten), a shoebox (or container of similar size (with air holes), a small container of water (a milk bottle lid is ideal).

Carefully scoop up the bat and place it in the box using the gloves or cloth. Put  a tea towel or cloth in the box for the bat to hide in. Place a few drops of water in the milk bottle lid (not too much so that the bat drowns). Make sure water is available to the bat at all times.Place the box and the bat indoors where it is quiet, cool and dark and call one of our bat carers as soon as possible (see bottom of page for contact details).


 Injured Bats

Bats are able to overcome minor injuries if the correct treatment is given quickly. A lot of injuries we deal with are caused by cats and bacteria from cats claws and teeth can cause fatal infections. Even if the bat only has a small wound it will need antibiotics as quickly as possible so please contact us at the first convenience. 

 Grounded Bats

If you find a bat on the floor and it doesn't appear to have any injuries, there may be an underlying issue. Healthy bats are usually capable of flying from the ground, so if you find one on the floor, it is probably in need of help.

Follow the guidance for handling bats above and call one of our bat carers as soon as possible. Sometimes bats get dehydrated/exhausted, a carer will care for the bat until it is strong enough to be returned to the location it was found for release.

There's A Bat In Your House

At night: Bats are very good at flying but they can sometimes end up in the wrong place. If the bat is flying it is likely that it is looking for a way out. Open all doors and windows and tie up curtains/pull up blinds etc, turn off the lights and close the door to the room where you have found the bat. Eventually the bat should fly out. Please do not try and catch a flying bat as it can cause serious damage.

In the day: Bats sleep in the day, they slow down their heart rate and lower their body temperature. They are slow when they are first woken up and will need a few minutes to warm up. A sleepy bat will feel cold but they are not dead. If you look closely, you will see tiny movements. Please follow the instructions for handling bats and call one of our bat carers as soon as possible.

If you consistently find bats in your house, you may well have a bat roost. If they are causing problems a visit can be arranged for help and advice (please contact valleysbatgroup@mail.com). Bats are a protected species and it is illegal to harm bats/destroy a bat roost but there are legal ways to resolve issues with bats, so don't hesitate to get in touch.  

BAT CARER CONTACTS

If you find a bat please contact one of the following carers, who will filter your call. We will either retrieve the bat ourselves or find another carer who is free to pick it up/closer to your area.

Erica Dixon: (02921) 152146 or 07969 626697
Beth Evans: 07527 049134
                                         

If you do not live within the area we cover (South Wales) then please ring the Bat Conservation Trust helpline on 0845 1300 228 who will be able to provide you with details of carers that live closer to you.