Our bat friends' health and happiness is our number one priority.

Bats are very sweet little creatures that just want to go about their own business, we aim to rehabilitate them and get them back into the wild as soon as we can. However some times we sadly are unable to release a small number of bats back into the wild, if they have a serious tear in their wing they wouldn't survive for very long so we keep them under license to educate the public about the curious night flyer many people rarely see or notice. There are 18 different species, from the size of your pinky finger to the size of your hand. 

Adopt one of our education or rescue bats and receive a certificate, updates on their progress, photographs and a bat related toy as well as a potential chance to see their release into the wild. Fill out the contact us section with your details and which bat you would like to adopt via our newsletter and we will contact you via email to confirm the selection.

Harold came to us from Taunton in February 2014. He had an underlying bone infection and his wing had to be amputated for him to survive. Fortunately he adapted well so we were able to keep him for our education team.

Male Brown Long-eared 

Harold

David was hand reared in Somerset after being orphaned in 2013. Initially we thought David just didn't want to fly but it turned out his forearms are below the minimum length expected for the species which would explain why he cannot fly far.

Male Serotine

David

Wingwalker came to us in February 2016 after being found on a driveway in Downleaze. He never fully recovered from his wing injuries and now remains with us.

Male Serotine

Wingwalker

Ramsey came to us August 2018 after being found grounded a porch. We originally thought he was blind as he seemed to have difficulty seeing objects in front of his face but his eyesight returned to him soon after. After treatment and TLC at the BBR HQ, we decided to try flight training him at the North Devon Bat Care's flight cage. Sam Pickering who runs North Devon flight cage discovered that he could only fly in left hand circles, suggesting he has some kind of brain damage to the left side of his brain, making him unsuitable to return to the wild. He now spends his days with our other education bats, cuddling up with our other long-eared bat Harold.

Male Brown Long-eared 

Ramsey

We hand reared Ursa last year from a very young and sickly Serotine pup. We sent her to the North Devon Bat Care flight cage where she made friends with another Serotine juvenile, but she doesn't seem to be able fly very well so she's back with us.

Female Serotine

Ursa 

Phoenix joined us last year, a juvenile badly injured by a cat. We thought she was going to die but she recovered. Unfortunately her wings were too badly injured, but we felt she was suitable to be an education bat so we were able to give her another chance.

Female Common Pipistrelle

Phoenix

Frankie arrived to the hospital winter 2018, she had been attacked by a cat which had ripped her wing in several places. We tried to flight train her this year at the North Devon flight cage but she was not able to fly. She is now a temporary education bat, as we plan to review her injuries in 6 months time. Sometimes after years of being unable to fly an education bats injuries can, with time, heal so that they can be released back into the wild. Never say never!

Female Pipistrelle

Frankie

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