Welcome to the Westmorland and Furness Bat Group website.
Rarely seen, and little understood, bats are actually one of the more prevalent groups of mammals in the UK, however they are very vulnerable. Modern bats have become well adapted to live in buildings and human structures, and therefore rely heavily human activities. Bats are a key species in a healthy natural environment and feed on a wide variety of invertebrates (including millions of biting midges and mosquitoes!). It is for these reasons that all British bats are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and require help from us to ensure their future safety.
Apart from being a protected group of animals, bats are also fascinating creatures, being the only true flying mammal, and using a unique method of navigation called echolocation.
Please explore the site to find out more about British and Cumbrian bats, and the work that the Westmorland and Furness Bat Group does. We have a range of pages on the site including information about Cumbrian bats, what to do if you find a bat, what the bat group does, images, and much more.
The Westmorland and Furness Bat Group is run entirely by volunteers and is a partner group to the Bat Conservation Trust, a national organisation charged with the the protection and promotion of bat conservation.