This is the home of the Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire Bat Group. We are an informal but growing group working to conserve bats and their habitats in Berkshire and surrounding areas. You can catch up on the latest news here, or if you are visiting the site because you have found an injured bat please see the information here.

A little bit of history

The bat group was founded by Andrew Watson one of a handful of people in Britain studying and conserving bats BC,  (Before Conservation as he puts it) in the 1950s and 60s. The bat group formed in mid 1980s as Berks Bat group with Paula Cox, trained by Andrew, then Reading & District in 1990 and finally Berks & South Bucks around 1998. Andrew effectively trained all of the original members to get the group off the ground.

Today the bat group is made up of a group of volunteers from all walks of life and with a variety of backgrounds, some of whom were originally trained by Andrew, but we are all equally batty about bats.

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Our main aims are:
  • To promote and further the conservation of bats and their habitats
  • To raise awareness of bats and their conservation status

Our key activities include:

  • Recording and monitoring bat populations in Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire;
  • Conducting roost visits on behalf of Natural England;
  • Carrying out conservation projects such as bat box schemes, improving roost sites or opening and protecting potential sites;
  • Organising talks and educational events throughout the year;
  • Rescuing and rehabilitating sick and injured bats; and
  • Regular meetings for bat group members.


To see what activities we have planned visit our CALENDAR page, to keep up to date with the latest news and events visit our BLOG, follow us on FACEBOOK or TWITTER.