Bats need friends – you can help by joining the Sussex Bat Group

Whether you'd like to become more actively involved with helping bats in Sussex, or would simply like to be kept informed of our work through the newsletter, we would welcome your membership.

Membership runs from 1st December each year. There are two membership options; £6 a year if you receive the newsletter by email, or £8 a year if you would prefer a paper copy in the post (this is to help cover the cost of printing and postage).

If you would like to join, please complete the membership form, found here: Membership Form

If you would like to receive a copy of the minutes from our AGM or any other meetings then please contact Jessica Lewis our membership secretary at

General Data Protection Regulation Privacy Notice

The new Data Protection legislation comes into force on 25 th May 2018, and introduces new requirements for how organizations process personal data. In order to comply with this legislation, as members of the Sussex Bat Group you need to be aware of the following:

    • The Sussex Bat Group (SBG) was formed in 1984 to help conserve bats in East and West Sussex. The Group is a registered charity made up of volunteers who share a passion for bats. We are affiliated with the Bat Conservation Trust. Our Charity registration number is 1103380.
    • The lawful basis in which we hold your personal information is to facilitate your membership of SBG in order to send you the Belfry newsletter by your preferred method (post or email) and to alert you to events we feel you may be interested in and to inform you of our work. The only data we hold is as indicated on the membership form; name, address, email, telephone and bank details for those paying by Direct Debit. For those on our Bat Rescue network you have agreed to be contacted by ourselves or members of the public for the purpose of rescuing injured or grounded bats, by your preferred means of communication on our website.
    • By completing and sending your membership form to us you have agreed to us sending you the above information. At any time you can change your preferred method of communication or opt out of receiving any communication altogether. If you have been kind enough to send us a membership fee or donation we are obliged to keep your data for a certain period for Tax purposes.
    • Your data is held securely on password protected computer and is not sold or rented to any third party. If you wish to know what data we hold on you we will reply within one month of your request. If you do not like the way we have handled your data and not responded satisfactorily to a request you have a right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).