Bats

Bats make up a quarter of the UK’s mammal species, with 18 different species found throughout the UK.  In Scotland, there are generally fewer bat species the further north and west you travel.

BatIn Scotland it is an offence to:

  • Deliberately or recklessly kill, injure or capture a bat
  • Deliberately or recklessly disturb or harass a bat
  • Damage or destroy a bat roost
  • Deliberately or recklessly obstruct access to a bat roost or otherwise deny a bat the use of its roost
  • Possess or transport a bat or any part of a bat
  • Sell or exchange (or offer as such) a bat, or any part of a bat.

I have found a grounded bat. What do I do?

If you find a grounded bat, a bat on a wall, or in an open area where it may be vulnerable, it should be contained in a box. You should avoid handling the bat, but if it is necessary wear gloves as there is a small chance the bat may contain diseases.

Call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 and an animal rescue officer will be able to assess whether the bat is healthy enough to be released or if it needs caring for at our National Wildlife Centre.

How do I contain a bat?

  • Place a box on top of it and slide a piece of card underneath
  • Alternatively, cover the bat with a cloth or towel and carefully scoop it up and place it in a box (but remember to wear gloves)
  • Put a tea towel or cloth in the box for the bat to hide in
  • Keep the bat indoors somewhere quiet and dark
  • Call our animal helpline on 03000 999 999

There is a bat in my house. What do I do?

You should never try to catch a bat when it is flying as it is likely you could injure or kill it.

If a bat is in your house:

  • Close the door to the room the bat is in
  • Open all windows as widely as possible
  • Turn off all lights
  • Release at dusk or after dark.

If you are unsure whether the bat has left, look in high up in places such as curtains folds and lampshades.

If you encounter an injured bat or a baby bat you should call our animal helpline immediately on 03000 999 999 as it needs our assistance.

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