Carmarthenshire Bat Group

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WWBIC currently hosts this page on behalf of Carmarthenshire Bat Group.

For contact related to Carmarthenshire Bat Group please contact Steve Lucas: slucas(at)bats.org.uk or carmsbatgroup(at)gmail.com, rather than WWBIC

The Carmarthenshire Bat Group is a small group of volunteers, who undertake a variety of activities such as roost counts, monitoring and survey work as well bat walks, at various locations around Carmarthenshire.  We do not undertake surveys for land management decisions such as planning applications and neither do we get involved in commenting on planning applications. The bat group is affiliated to the Bat Conservation Trust.

For contact related to Carmarthenshire Bat Group please contact Steve Lucas: slucas(at)bats.org.uk or carmsbatgroup(at)gmail.com

Aims of the group

  • To advance the protection, conservation and welfare of bats, their roosts, habitat, feeding areas and hibernacula in Carmarthenshire.
  • To educate the public and the Group’s members in all matters related to bats.
  • To promote the training of members for licensing as volunteer bat workers.

What we get up to

The bat group has no current programme of activities although we are involved in a joint project with Bat Conservation Trust to survey some of our major woodlands for rare woodland bats.
If you would like to get involved with the group then please contact Steve Lucas for more information.

 

Found a Grounded, Injured or Sick Bat?

Feeding time: Copyright Peter Crome, Bat Conservation Trust
Feeding time: Copyright Peter Crome, Bat Conservation Trust

Bats rarely come to ground unless they exhausted, sick or injured. It is important if you come across a grounded bat that you not only take steps to get the bat to safety and away from danger such as predators, but also to protect yourself. Evidence of exposure to a particular strain of rabies virus has been found in just one species of bat and then only in very few bats. Whilst the risk of rabies is very small indeed, you must take care not to get bitten. It is advisable to wear protective gloves and to handle the bat as little as possible. You must get the bat seen by a vet or an experienced bat carer.

If you need help or guidance then follow the ‘Need help with bats’ link or phone the Bat Conservation Trust Help Line 0345 1300 228

Bats in your house – a problem?

Bat droppings on window Copyright Anne Youngman, Bat Conservation Trust
Bat droppings on window Copyright Anne Youngman, Bat Conservation Trust

If you have bats in your house and they are causing you a problem then you must contact Natural Resources Wales for formal advice so that things can be sorted out and resolved properly.

 

Bats of Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire is a county with a variety of habitats, an outstanding coast with sand dunes, salt marsh and mud flats, quiet estuaries, watercourses, steep wooded valleys and rugged uplands with caves. Throughout much of the rest of the county there is a patchwork of woodlands and fields, bounded by hedges and banks. All these are valuable habitats for bats. There many old buildings, barns and old and veteran trees within the landscape that have provided valuable roost sites over the years.

Today, many of our natural habitats are in decline, affecting many of our bat species.

Relatively little recording of bats has been undertaken in Carmarthenshire however the following is a description based on our best available information.

Brown long-eared bat. Copyright Hugh Clarke, Bat Conservation Trust
Brown long-eared bat. Copyright Hugh Clarke, Bat Conservation Trust
 

Horseshoe bats – Greater horseshoes are probably wide spread but in low numbers being mainly restricted to the southern half of the county but they are also occur all the way up the Towy valley to at least Llandovery and at Dolaucothi. Lesser horseshoes appear to have a more restricted distribution but they are also the most secretive and most easily overlooked. The cave systems especially those associated with the limestone ridge are important hibernation sites as are some of the old mineral workings.

Pipistrelles – common and soprano pipistrelle are common and widely distributed. Nathusius pipistrelle has recently been confirmed in Carmarthenshire (2014) although there are possible records for hibernation sites on the Black Mountain.

Brown long-eared bat – common and widespread
Grey long-eared bat – no records

Daubenton’s, Natterer’s, Whiskered, Brandt’s bats – widespread but almost certainly locally common.
Alcathoe bat has yet to be confirmed for Wales.
Bechstein’s bat – no records

Noctule bat – common and widespread
Serotine – scattered unconfirmed records from the Llanelli area and also from Llandeilo and Aberglasney area.
Leisler’s bat – almost certainly not present although a recording of a Leislers from the Pendine area was made many years ago.

Barbastelle – probably occur in the larger and more mature and diverse steep sided valley woods especially in west Carmarthenshire

 

Useful Links

Bat Conservation Trust
Tel: 0345 1300 228

Need help with a bat?
Tel: 0345 1300 228

Carmarthenshire Bat and Hedgehog rescue

Carmarthenshire Biodiversity Partnership

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Natural Resources Wales
Tel: 0300 065 3000

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