Bat Conservation Trust – Volunteer Bat Care Helpline
Bats are amazing animals and an important part of our natural environment. There are 18 species of bat in the UK, all of which are protected by law because their numbers have decreased so dramatically. BCT operates a National Bat Helpline to provide almost 15,000 enquirers a year with easily accessible and accurate information, including getting injured bats to the care they need. The Helpline’s role in advising and supporting people who come into contact with bats is an important part of BCT’s work towards our vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together.
About the role
As a volunteer on the VBCH, you take on Bat Watches in which you will answer calls from members of the public who have found grounded, injured, or lost bats. You will provide advice on a range of situations and put bat finders in touch with local bat care volunteers where possible. We consistently receive feedback from volunteers to say that this role can be challenging at times, but with the support from the team, and the knowledge that they are helping bats and advising members of the public makes it such a rewarding role. Many enjoy it so much that they return to volunteer the next season!
You do not need to have prior experience in conservation to volunteer, as full training and support is provided. Anyone who is interested in helping bats is welcome to apply! Volunteering for the Helpline is a great way to get involved in conservation from the comfort of your home and during your spare time.
Volunteers are provided with full training and must attend an online training day in September. Volunteers also receive a comprehensive manual and full support from BCT staff during their assigned bat watches and throughout the season.
To find out more and to sign up
Volunteer positions are available on a first come first served basis. We will end recruitment once all the places on the two training days have been filled.
Further instructions on how to sign up are available on our website via the link below. You will need to create a Better Impact account to sign up.