About SLBG

Welcome to the South Lancashire Bat Group.

Since 1987 the South Lancashire Bat Group (registered charity 1109519) in partnership with the Bat Conservation Trust, has been working to conserve and protect both bat species and their habitat across South Lancashire. We cover a large area including Greater Manchester, Bury, Bolton, Rochdale, Oldham, Stockport and Wigan but also have close links with other bat groups outside of the South Lancashire area and work closely with them to extend the conservation efforts. To view a map of the area we cover follow this link to the map

The primary objective of the group is to protect and conserve bats. In order to do this we must also preserve their roosts, hibernacula, feeding grounds and the surrounding areas and to do this, it is important that we learn as much as we can about these fascinating creatures and raise public awareness about the bats and the threats they face.

Our group is made up completely of volunteers some of whom hold specialist licences which means we are able to provide a wide range of surveys, checks and roost visits.
Throughout the year, particularly during the summer months when bat activity is high we lead a number of bat walks and talks, as well as attending different events with our gift stall. Our group also has a specialist team of carers who are able to provide care and rehabilitation to grounded and injured bats (please visit our Help! I’ve found a bat page for more information).


A few of us ready for a spot of 'batting'