The conservation of bats, as with all species, relies on knowledge of where they exist. Bat records are collated and managed by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre on behalf of the Sussex Bat Group.
The database includes all the Group’s data which totals over 10,000 records and goes back decades. The database includes National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) records, Natural England roost visitor records and various surveys done by academics and private individuals.
The records are included in the Sussex Bat Inventory – a report produced by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre. This is available to anyone who wants to find out whether bats have been recorded at a particular site in Sussex. For further information, see the Record Centre’s website.
Submitting your records
Please email your spreadsheet to Helen Hodson at the Record Centre: records(at)sussexbatgroup.org.uk. The deadline for submissions is 1st December each year. The record sub-committee meet to review all new records in January before they are added to the database.
At first glance, the spreadsheet may look complicated, but it
isn't. Please take a few moments to read the instructions contained in the spreadsheet.
What you do need to record:
What you don't need to record:
If you are less experienced in bat recording and have bats in your property, or have seen bats leaving a roost, please email records(at)sussexbatgroup.org.uk with the details. Your email will need to include the date bats were last seen and the roost location (either a postcode or preferebly a grid reference).