**Please note, this is a hosted webpage. Please use contact details given below for enquiries regarding bats (i.e. do not contact SEWBReC). Cardiff Bat Group do not carry out survey work, please use the IEEM directory if you require a professional survey carried out.**



Cardiff Bat Group

Cardiff Bat Group


Cardiff Bat Group welcomes anyone! We run a fun programme of events & training and take part in many bat conservation surveys. Follow the link to the Cardiff Bat Group Facebook page to see the latest event and survey information and let us know if you would like to get involved. We offer opportunities for beginners and the more experienced.

If you would like to join us, please complete & return the membership form. For all other enquiries, please contact secretary@ cardiffbats.org.uk (remove spaces).


Cardiff Bat Group covers the unitary authority of Cardiff and is affiliated to the Bat Conservation Trust, the national body representing Bat Conservation in the UK. Our Chair, James Byrne, holds a bat licence and is the Group's official trainer.


Aims of the Group

  • Further the knowledge of bat distribution and activity in the Group's area.
  • Promote the conservation of bats and their habitat.
  • Provide a forum for discussion on bat conservation issues.
  • Improve public perception of bats.
  • Consider sustainable options in all its activities.


Please note, Cardiff Bat Group does NOT carry out survey work for commercial developments. If you require professional survey work, please refer to the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) website, which contains a directory of ecological consultants: http://www.ieem.net/ieemdirectory.asp.


Committee for 2012

Elected positions

  • President - Richard CromptonJuvenile Pipistrelle
  • Chair - James Byrne
  • Treasurer - Jonathon Lee
  • Secretary - Alexandra Pollard
  • Events Officer - Ros Killick
  • Committee Officer - Becky East


Non Elected positions

  • Records Officer - Laura Palmer
  • Bat Box Coordinator - Katie Partington
  • Marginalised Groups Officer - Kevin Chubb
  • National Bat Monitoring Programme Coordinator - Danielle Cowell


Bats, Planning and the Law

In Britain all bat species and their roosts are legally protected, by both domestic and international legislation. Do you have a question about Bats, Planning and the Law? Do you want to know what to do if you suspect bats or their roosts are under threat? Please follow the links below to the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) website:

Planning and the Law

Reporting Bat Crimes


Biological Recording

If you have spotted any bats in South East Wales, please submit your records to SEWBReC. You can do this using the SEWBReC on-line recording form. You do not have to be able to identify the bat species you have recorded: all bats found in the UK are European Protected Species.


Events Programme 2013

Please contact Alex Pollard if you would like further details about any events. secretary@ cardiffbats.org.uk (remove spaces)

  • St Fagans Bat Count - 12th June - 8.30pm -11pm. Help us survey the number of bats living at St Fagans. With help from Cardiff Bat Group we will learn how to use bat detectors and count and record our local bats as part of the National Bat Monitoring Program. No experience necessary. Just bring a torch and warm clothing and sensible shoes. Not suitable for children under 14 and all children and must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential (029) 2057 3424. CBG members welcome.
  • 3rd July 8.30pm - Howardian Nature Reserve Field Survey (1) – Meet outside David Lloyd Leisure Centre. Join us as we survey bats at this local nature reserve.
  • 17th July 8.30pm - Howardian Nature Reserve Field Survey (2) – Meet outside David Lloyd Leisure Centre. Join us as we survey bats at this local nature reserve.
  • 8th August 9.15pm - River Taff Waterway Survey Part 1.  Meet at Mary Street, Llandaf North. Waterway survey starting at Hailey park (Llandaf North) and heading south along the Taff Trail.
  • 9th August - Draethen Waterway Survey One. Meet at 8pm for a meal, or 9.10pm for just survey. Meet at Hollybush pub car park.  Come along for a Friday night meal and Bat survey! Please bring good torches for spotting Daubenton's over the river, sensible outdoor clothing and a bat detector if you have one.
  • 22nd August 9.00pm - River Taff Waterway Survey Part 2. Meet at Mary Street, Llandaf North. Waterway survey starting at Hailey park (Llandaf North) and heading south along the Taff Trail.
  • 23th August - Draethen Waterway Survey Two. Meet at 7.30pm for a meal, or 20.40pm for just survey. Meet at Hollybush pub car park. Come along for a Friday night meal and Bat survey!  Please bring good torches for spotting Daubenton's over the river, sensible outdoor clothing and a bat detector if you have one.
  • St Fagans Twilight Bat Walks. 1st August (start at 9.00pm), 15th August (start at8.30pm) & 29th August (start at 8.00pm).   Join an exciting after-dark journey around the Museum to find bats. Wear sensible clothing and bring a torch and a flask – if you like. Tickets for this activity are £3 for adults, £2 for children. Parking for this activity is free. Walk starts at the main entrance at the start time. Duration: 1.5hrs. Booking isessential, tel (029) 2057 3424. Free for CBG members – providing they help out.

All walks will last around 2hrs. Events free (unless stated).   If you are interested in attending the events or require any further information, please email Alex Pollard at secretary@ cardiffbats.org.uk (remove spaces).


Many of our events are weather dependant so always check our up-to-date events listing on our Facebook page on the day of the event. You have to be a member of facebook to view the events page but if you join you can register your interest in a particular event. Facebook will then remind you that the event is coming and provide us with an automated list of names for the event. If you are unable to access facebook, contact the relevant contact listed for the event or our secretary. Please note that we will e-mail the group with any general changes to events but with some of the weather dependant surveys this is not always possible.


Bikes and Bats Project

Bats and bikes is an exciting new pilot study for monitoring bats, developed in partnership with the Cardiff Bat Group, Valleys Bat Group and Sustrans, and funded by the National Lottery. The project aims to survey bats on the National Cycle Network, of which there are approximately 1,200 miles across Wales alone. Of course, we shall be focusing at a local level and surveying the Taff trail sections between Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff Bay. This will be broken into sections and rides will be on the following dates:

Taff Trail – Radyr to Cardiff Bay (Jonathon Lee) – TBC (postponed)

Taff Trail – Treforest to Radyr (Naomi Taylor) – 4th June 2013

Taff Trail – Quakers Yard to Treforest (Richard Dodd) – 11th June 2013

Ely Trail – (Jonathon Lee) – 9th July 2013

St Fagans Museum to Cardiff Museum – (Alex Pollard) – 6th August 2013

Ruperra Castle to Caerphilly Castle – (Alex Pollard) – 21st August 2013

Llantrisant to Upper Boat – (Matt Davies) - TBC

All sections will start and end at or near a railway station so people can get to them easily along the Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil line (the valley lines trains are able to take a limited number of bikes). We shall be using an Anabat detector and a GPS to record what bats we encounter and where, and also other bat detectors (loudspeaker) so members of the group can hear the bats as we cycle along. We shall be wearing hi-vis jackets (provided) and you will need to bring good quality bike lights to see the road ahead. The data will then be analysed and a 'bat map' created showing the results and passed on to SEWBReC.

Everyone is welcome to get involved including not only bat and cycle groups, but anyone with access to a bike. Each ride will be around 8 miles, or 16 miles if you join us for the full circular route.

The lead riders will have bright lights to help light the way, but all attendees MUST bring bike lights and be confident to cycle in the dark  - we'll be starting the survey 30 minutes after sun down and the trail will be dark (though a good quality tarmac surface). For more information please contact Richard Dodd (doddrf@yahoo.co.uk) or Alex Pollard (secretary@cardiffbats.org.uk).


Other Surveys

Volunteers needed! All surveys are weather dependant, so please let us know if you intend coming so we can get in touch with you if we need to cancel. If anyone would like to carry out a different National Bat Monitoring Programme survey, please contact Danielle Cowell and she will organise it with the Bat Conservation Trust.

Mid June, end of July & mid September - Cardiff Urban Bat Survey (CUBS): Do you know if there are Bats around where you live? Would you like help us to find out? Building on the success of last years survey help us obtain even more information on bat activity in your area. Volunteers will receive training and 'adopt' a 1km square of the Cardiff area and 'survey' bat activity within it.