"We hope, by exchange of information, to locate as many roosts as possible in Hampshire, and to persuade the public by displays, talks and so on that bats are not the macabre creatures horror films would have us believe, and that 'Bats Need Friends'." - Mike Dobson, HBG Founder (1984)

Hampshire Bat Group is a registered charity made up of volunteer members. As a partner group to the Bat Conservation Trust, we aim to promote and support bat conservation in Hampshire and to raise public awareness about these fascinating animals.  Bats need our help because their numbers have decreased drastically in recent years, mainly due to loss of habitat.

Please note that, as a matter of routine, Hampshire Bat Group does not undertake surveys for commercial purposes or to formally object to planning applications.

Recent Announcements

  • Christmas Social 2019  The Christmas Social meeting of the Hampshire Bat Group will take place on Thursday 12th December.  All our members are very welcome.  Attractions will include our bat crafts, a quiz, a raffle, food and drink.  This meeting will be at the Swanwick Lakes Study Centre as usual, with refreshments available from 7 pm.  Meanwhile, our series of hibernation surveys starts this month - ask Ruth or Jim for details.
    Posted 1 Dec 2019, 11:33 by N K
  • Members' talks Our next indoor meeting will be on the evening of Thursday 28th November at Swanwick Lakes. Several of our members will be giving presentations, including Ian Baker showing his latest thermal imaging videos, Rozel Hopkins on her research into artificial lighting on Southampton Common and Steve Page on 'Bats - how do they do that?'
    Posted 12 Nov 2019, 14:42 by N K
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