South Yorkshire Bat Rehabilitation

A grounded bat is likely to be starving and dehydrated. It may be injured
 in some way
 and will need specialist care.   

South Yorkshire Bat Rehabilitation


SOUTH YORKSHIRE 
BAT RESCUE  
Phone: 
07717 290538 / 07796 572915
                       
sybatcare@yahoo.co.uk 

Please only use the email provided for none urgent inquiries. Please do not email details of injured bats - please contact the number above. 

                  
                                     For bats outside South Yorkshire please contact the 
                              Bat conservation Trust National Bat Helpline 0845 1300 228

PLEASE NEVER JUST LEAVE A GROUNDED BAT OUTSIDE - THEY WERE GROUNDED FOR A REASON AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. 
SOMETIMES THE WEATHER HAS BEEN AGAINST THEM AND THEY ARE DEHYDRATED, WEAK OR UNDERWEIGHT AND NEED YOUR HELP! 

WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR THE BAT UNTIL HELP ARRIVES? .........


      Offer the bat a drink of water from the end of a child's clean paintbrush or from the tip of a teaspoon - be careful not to pour the water  into the bats mouth or you may drown it 


 The bat should be carefully placed in a box with a well fitting lid - a shoe box is ideal

If the box is likely to be air tight put some small holes in the lid (Do this before putting the bat in the box) Punch the holes to the outside of the box so that there are no sharp edges next to the bat once it's in the box

Kitchen paper or a clean soft cloth can be placed in the box so the bat has somewhere to cling to and somewhere to hide

Then place a shallow container e.g. a plastic milk bottle lid in the box so that the bat can drink at it's own will

Place the box in a quiet and safe place until it can be collected by a Bat Warden/Bat Ambulance Driver for your area.    

If you do not have a box handy you can use a soft pillow slip to contain the bat with the opening end fastened to prevent the injured bat wandering off.

PLEASE NEVER JUST PUT A GROUNDED BAT BACK OUTSIDE - THEY WERE GROUNDED FOR A REASON AND WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. 




                     
BATS AND CATS
Cats are one of the main causes of injuries to bats.  As a bat swoops down to catch an insect a cat can leap up and catch the bat!  
Wherever possible please keep your cat indoors after dusk. Bacteria from cat claws can cause fatal infections. Please seek help straight away if your cat finds a bat. 

   sybatcare@yahoo.co.uk 


            Pic: Noctule Bat (exposed finger bones)

A bat flying into your house

Bats are excellent fliers but occasionally take a wrong turn! A flying bat in a house is will be looking for a way

out.

 

If it is dark outside, open any external doors and windows as wide as possible. Close doors that will allow the bat to fly further into the house.

Never try to catch a flying bat. It is likely to become injured and you risk being bitten in self-defence.

If you find a bat crawling on the floor inside your house or on the back of a curtain it is likely that the bat has become dehydrated and will need the monitoring of a bat carer. 



PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A VOLUNTARY HELPLINE WITH LITTLE FUNDING AND I WOULD BE GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD BRING THE BAT OVER TO ME OR MEET  HALF WAY TO HELP CUT DOWN ON  FUEL EXPENSES WHEN COLLECTING BATS. THANK YOU. 
KAREN

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Bats are monitored before being released back to the area they were found
Bats helped during 2012  - Current total 134





Photo 1: Soprano Pipistrelle


                                   
          Photo 2 : Leislers Bat    
                                                                                        
                            

  




                                                                               
  
         


Baby bats known as pups are usually born in June 
This year, 2012, bat pups have actually appeared a month later than expected. A bat pup cannot fly and needs specialist milk as it will not be weaned.




Juvenile bats learning to fly sometimes find 
themselves grounded and may starve to death
if help 
is not found straight away. 


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A juvenile found in time can be hand reared and released after spending a few weeks in our rehabilitation pen learning how to catch insects and developing the flight skills needed.

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07717 290538

                                                sybatcare@yahoo.co.uk 

Please only use the email provided for none urgent inquiries - 
please do not email details of injured bats -  please contact the number above

                                                                       

   

  

If you would like to find out more about the work of South Yorkshire Bat Group 

click on the link here ------->   

https://sites.google.com/site/sybatgroup/



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