Welcome to the South Cumbria Bat Group website.
Rarely seen, and little understood, bats are actually one of the more prevalent groups of mammals in the UK, however they are very vulnerable. Modern bats have become well adapted to live in buildings and human structures, and therefore rely heavily human activities. Bats are a key species in a healthy natural environment and feed on a wide variety of invertebrates (including millions of biting midges and mosquitoes!). It is for these reasons that all British bats are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and require help from us to ensure their future safety.
Apart from being a protected group of animals, bats are also fascinating creatures, being the only true flying mammal, and using a unique method of navigation called echolocation.
Please explore the site to find out more about British and Cumbrian bats, and the work that the South Cumbria Bat Group does. We have a range of pages on the site including information about Cumbrian bats, what to do if you find a bat,what the bat group does, images, and much more.
The South Cumbria Bat Group (previously the Westmorland and Furness Bat Group) is run entirely by volunteers and is a partner group to the Bat Conservation Trust, a national organisation charged with the the protection and promotion of bat conservation.
The South Cumbria Bat Group operates in the former county of Westmorland and the Furmess Peninsular, in the southern half of Cumbria. We are affiliated to the Bat Conservation Trust and are run by volunteers drawn from a wide range of backgrounds.
The Bat Group aims to:
- Help to conserve bats and their habitat.
- Provide information for improving public awareness of bats and their conservation.
- Record and monitor the bat species and their populations in Westmorland and Furness area
- Assist English Nature with roost visits where threats to bats may exist.
- Carry out conservation projects such as bat box schemes, improving roost sites or opening and protecting potential sites.
- A regular newsletter is produced and informal meetings and talks arranged throughout the year.
The bat group also organise field trips, educational and social events throughout Cumbria.