Cleveland Bat Group
The Cleveland Bat Group is a voluntary organisation set up in 2017 by Tees Valley Wildlife Trust and the Bat Conservation Trust. The Heritage Lottery Project funded the East Cleveland Batscape project which led to the formation of the Cleveland Bat Group.
There are more than 100 local bat groups in the UK. Bat groups are made up of dedicated volunteers and are the mainstay of bat conservation in the UK, undertaking vital front-line conservation work.
What does the Cleveland Bat Group do?
- Raises awareness of the 9 species bats in Cleveland and the need for their conservation.
- Undertakes studies of bats in our area, including the monitoring of known key areas.
- Provides training to survey for bats and care of injured bats.
- Cares for, rehabilitates and releases orphan and injured bats.
- Deals with bat problems, being a liaison between the public and Natural England.
The Cleveland Bat Group was set up with the help of the Heritage Lottery Funded East Cleveland Batscape project. Bat detector equipment was purchased as part of the project.
From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, the Heritage Lottery Fund use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. www.hlf.org.uk.
The Cleveland Bat Group is Affiliated with the Bat Conservation Trust who are a registered British charity dedicated to the conservation of bats and their habitats in the UK. BCT was founded in 1991 and is the only national organisation solely devoted to bats.
The Bat Conservation Trust supports over 100 local bat groups and works with volunteers, scientists, industry and government both locally and nationally on a range of projects. Their work focuses on discovering more about bats and how they use the landscape, and taking action to protect bats. and enhance the landscapes on which they rely, inspiring people about bats and their environment, engaging them in their conservation.
Bat Helpline 0345 1300 228 (charged at local call rate)
Tees Valley Wildlife Trust is part of the influential UK-wide partnership of 47 Wildlife Trusts. The Trust has worked for more than 30 years to protect wildlife and wild places, and educate, influence and empower people. We manage 16 Nature Reserves and help others manage their countryside sites.
Thanks to BCT for the use of their images throughout this website.