Our UK bat species need you! We are looking for funds to expand our bat hospital and create a flight cage.
Who are we?
We are a small group of dedicated and passionate individuals who want to make a difference and help rescue, rehabilitate and release bats back into the wild.
Bristol Bat Rescue was set up as an official charity in 2019 and was co-founded by Kiri Green, Ashley Dale and Stew Rowden. We have a fantastic group of volunteers and highly experienced trustees of the charity: Kiri Green, Ashley Dale, Nai Sims and Charley Bird.
We believe in not only rescuing bats but in creating a nurturing and caring atmosphere that supports and welcomes those who want to contribute and be apart of our charity.
Why do bats need our help?
Bats are highly endangered in the UK and their populations are declining. This is due to the decline of available habitat, the increase in development, pollution, and the decline in insect populations.
Why are bats important?
Bats are incredibly important for our ecosystem as they keep our insect population down which reduces our need for using insecticides on our crops.
What do we do?
Members of the public will contact us directly or via the Bat Conservation Trust to notify us that a bat needs rescuing.
The bat will be collected by an experienced Bat Ambulance driver who will assess the bat on site or take the bat to the nearest experienced Bat Carer.
If the injury is not serious the bat will be rehabilitated back to health, flight tested and released back into the wild. This can take several months at a time and journeys to collect and release bats can be time consuming and long distances.
There cannot be that many bats that need help are there?
You would be surprised! Of the bats that come into us, 50% of these have injuries caused by cat attacks. The injuries can vary from swollen wrists to ripped wings to severe malnutrition.
During the summer months we have hundreds of baby bats that come into the hospital and are nursed and raised by our Bat Surrogate Mothers. Baby bats are also sometimes caught by cats or have lost their mothers. Where we can we will try to reunite baby bats with their mothers however this is not always possible. This period of time is incredibly intense and baby bats need milk feeds every 3 hours day and night, so our carers are often at full capacity.
Once the baby bats are ready they are driven down the the North Devon Bat Care Flight Cage run by the amazing Sam Pickering who then flight trains and soft releases the baby bats back into the wild.
What will my money go towards?
The main aim for this go fund me is to raise money to create our own flight cage for adult and baby bats instead of having to drive them to North Devon and to expand Bristol Bat Rescue by having bigger premises.
The money will also go towards:
- Milk (Royal Canin)
- Bat Equipment - flexi's/ bat rescue boxes/ pipettes
- Petrol - for our bat ambulance drivers to collect and release bats
We hope that you will want to help us in our mission to help save our bat species. Just by donating £25 enables us to nurse a bat back to health and release them back into the wild.
However, any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to our whole team and to our bats!
- Alison Gordon
- Ashley Roddie
- Josh Brooks
- Nora Hase
- Holly McNiven
Fundraising team: Bristol Bat Rescue Team (3)
Bristol Bat Rescue
Raised £177 from 9 donations
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