We are composed of several bat groups operating within the area of the West Midlands. The groups cover the following locations: Birmingham and Black Country, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, South East Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
Representatives from each group meet twice a year at locations around the Region to discuss matters concerning bat work. There is usually an officer from Natural England present and sometimes a member of staff from the Bat Conservation Trust.
The Regional Representative attends meetings of the Bat Group Forum which is organised by BCT for the exchange of information between the bat group Regions BCT and the Statutory Nature Organisations at a National level. The Regional Representative then relays the appropriate information to the groups via the Regional meetings.
If you have an urgent bat concern such as finding an injured bat or relating to a roost of bats, first call Bat Conservation Trust Helpline on 0845 1300 228 During the summer months, this operates an out-of-hours service. You will be put in touch with you nearest bat worker. Advice can also be obtained by visiting the BCT website www.bats.org.uk
If you have a non-urgent concern, contact your local group through their website as given in the links or email addresses below.
If you are a delegate of the Bat Groups of the West Midlands Region then you may visit the delegates' area.
If you are a trainer for the Bat Groups of the West Midlands Region then you may visit the trainers' area.
In memory of Phil Burkinshaw PhD (1954 - 2007) who created the original website for the West Midlands Bat Groups Region. He was the Regional Representative from 1996 until 2002 and, even after re-locating to Scotland, continued to maintain the site until his unfortunate and sudden death. He was a committed bat worker, serving various roles in bat groups, including training many people in bat work. In 2007, he was posthumously honoured by being elected for the Pete Guest Memorial Award, which is a national recognition given by the Bat Conservation Trust in acknowledgement of outstanding contributions to bat conservation.