Bats are declining, due mainly to the loss of roosts and feeding areas, and the effects of the increased use of pesticides. Kent is probably under greater pressure for change to the environment than anywhere else in Britain.
The Kent Bat Group has been working to help protect Kent's bats since 1983. Fourteen of Britain's 18 resident bat species have been recorded in Kent since then. Records in Kent include Alcathoe's bat which has only recently (2010) been recognised as a species in the UK and Bechstein's bat, one of the UK's rarest bats. In addition a vagrant, the greater mouse-eared bat was found in 1985.
The Kent Bat Group is proactive in promoting awareness of bats, to the general public and to specialist groups likely to come across bats in their work.
Please browse our website and find out more about bats in Kent.
If you have found a grounded bat click here or call 0845 1300 228 (NB not a 24 hour number).
NB The photographs on this website are the copyright either of Kent Bat Group or individual members.