Cumberland Bat Group is a voluntary group dedicated to the conservation of bats with a focus on North and West Cumbria.
We are a non-profit group working in partnership with the Bat Conservation Trust and in close contact with the Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre, the South Cumbria Bat Group and the Cumbria Wildlife Trust. As set out in our constitution, the group aims to advance the protection and conservation of bats, their roosts, feeding areas, hibernacula and surrounding environment in the North of Cumbria and to educate the public and the group’s members in all matters related to bats.
Members of the group give advice on bat related issues and those who have a Natural England licence can examine roosts and any bats which are present. Membership extends across the whole county and a number of our members are Voluntary Bat Roost Visitors who visit bat roosts in homes, churches and other public buildings on behalf of Natural England.
The group also records and maps the distribution of bats and operates a number of bat box and bat recording schemes. Our records database, which can be accessed through Cumbria Biodiversity Data Centre, represents a unique resource for bats in North Cumbria.
Members of the group are happy to visit clubs and societies to give talks about bats and to lead walks. Please contact us for more information and/or to arrange an event.
We welcome enquiries of all types and new members — we have regular meetings and varied programs.