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Any bat that is found on the ground, or in an exposed area, especially during the day, is likely to need help. There is lots of advice on our national bodies website as below:
- START HERE > Help! I’ve found a bat
It is worth noting that domestic Cats are a major predator of Bats, especially of young bats in Summer. If the found bat shows extensive wounds or an obvious broken bone in the wing, then it is unlikely to have any chance of independent life.
Most local Vets are happy to euthanize a wild bat in these circumstances free of charge.
Help for Bats in Somerset
There are a few organisations in Somerset that take and care for injured bats. Please contact them directly:
Secret World – East Huntspill, Highbridge
They work 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year to rescue sick, injured or orphaned wildlife. If you find an animal in need of urgent attention outside these hours please contact your nearest veterinary surgeon. The casualty will then be transported to Secret World the following morning for ongoing care.
West Hatch Wildlife Centre – Taunton
West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton, Somerset treats thousands of animals from the far South West, the West Country and southern England every year.
The centre is open for admission of wildlife casualties 365 days a year from 8am – 9pm. Out of hours, please call the 24-hour line:
0300 1234 999
Other help near Somerset
Bristol Bat Rescue – Avon
A group of volunteers dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of British bat species, in the former “Avon” area, and North Somerset.
WILTSHIRE BAT CARE NETWORK
Wiltshire Bat Care is run by volunteers who are part of the Wiltshire Bat Group.
- Instagram: ‘Wiltshire_bat_care’
East Dorset Bat Rescue & Rehabilitation
Rescue and rehabilitate injured or lost bats in the East Dorset area.
Devon Bat Group
Bat Care helpline 01803 214665