Large number of bats for centuries. If u’ve ever been to an event at the Cathedral in the Summer or Autumn you’ve probably seen some bats flying around the cloisters. Indeed, they can even been seen flying during the day there on occasions.
We cover the area between the Tyne & the Tees that is essentially the pre-1974 County Durham boundary. However, we also work closely with neighbouring bat groups to provide support across the general North East Region.
Contain the bat in a suitable lidded receptacle – a small cardboard box is ideal – but make sure there are air holes so the bat doesn’t suffocate.
Use bite-proof gloves
Wear bite proof gloves to pick the bat up, or else coax the bat into the box without touching it. There is an infinitesimally small chance the bat may be carrying a rabies-like virus, so bats should not be picked up with bare hands
Use a soft cloth
Place a soft piece of cloth, such as a tea towel in the box – make sure it is crumpled up so the bat can crawl into it and hide.
Provide fresh water
Provide some water for the bat to drink. An upturned plastic milk bottle top with a couple of millimetres of water is ideal.