"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

  • Meeting on 30th March At our meeting on Thursday 30th March at Swanwick Lakes, our Recorder, Nik Knight, will give a presentation on "Hampshire's Bat Records and what they can tell us".
    Posted Mar 10, 2017, 9:12 AM by Hampshire Bat Group
  • Southampton bat research "Investigating the impact of artificial light, sound and magnetic fields on UK bat species".  At our meeting on Thursday 23rd February we will be hearing about the research by Jack Merrifield and Jenny Abery of the University of Southampton on the effects of human light, noise and magnetic field pollution on bats in urban environments. What counts as disturbance is not well defined making it arguably difficult for ecological consultants and site developers to prevent human-bat conflict in areas experiencing urban growth. Location: Swanwick Lakes Study Centre, Open for refreshments from 19.00, presentation starts 19.30.
    Posted Mar 10, 2017, 9:10 AM by Hampshire Bat Group
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