The Somerset Bat Group is part of the Somerset Wildlife Trust and a partner group of the Bat Conservation Trust (the national organisation for bat conservation in the UK).

Somerset has 16 of the 17 species of the resident British Bats.   Some species are common in Somerset, while others are endangered. The Bat Group is actively engaged in varied activities to help preserve these fascinating creatures, which are under great threat.

The bat group runs many events and surveys, including community Big Bat Counts.  Several of our members run Bat Walks in the Summer. We give talks to local groups, install and check bat boxes, and take part in many national bat monitoring and local surveys.  During the Winter we hold workshops and courses in Bat Care, Analysing Bat Sound, and Bat Identification.

Our website has a bat advice section, where you can find lots of information, including advice on dealing with an injured or grounded bat, or if you are concerned a development may harm bats.

We cover the county of Somerset, the Avon Bat Group, cover the former county of Avon, including North Somerset, BANES and Bristol.

Latest News

Castle Cary Big Bat Count briefing

We launched our new community engagement project, The Big Bat Count in 2022.
See all the results

Upcoming Events

Dec22-Mar23 – NBMP Winter Hibernation Surveys
See all SBG events


4Feb23GHS talk & Mitigation Roosts
21Dec22Hibernation checks & award nomination
Past SBG newsletters

Any questions? Please email

Our Bat Admin (a.k.a Badmin) is run by volunteers, and hence it may take us a few days to reply.