We are a voluntary bat group, devoted to bat appreciation; their welfare; detection; training; education; arranging bat outings; activities and surveys. The Lee Valley is our main area of focus – along 25 miles of the geographical flood plain of the River Lea, an area covering approximately 10,000 acres from East India Dock Basin at the River Thames, up to Ware in Hertfordshire – this includes areas such as: Waltham Abbey, Broxbourne, Fishers Green, Tottenham Marshes, Tottenham Hale, Walthamstow Marshes, Hackney Marshes, et al, and industrial and residential areas next to the Lee Valley to up to half a mile each side.
We are a vibrant, fresh and relatively new bat group – we began in January 2007. Since then we have been tirelessly working in the community, via fairs, festivals, wildlife events and bat walks to dispel age-old myths and generally to teach people about bats and the essential role they play in the environment. As our motto says, we are, “dedicated to bats through education and community action”. Join us today, membership is free. We look forward to welcoming you.
We don’t yet have enough volunteers to cover the whole area, but our aspiration is that in a few years, more volunteers will have joined us to cover the length of the Valley.
It is our hope, that through increased awareness, people may recognize the gentility and environmental benefit bats represent. It is a sad fact that, bats have long suffered at the hand of man due to myth and irrational fear.
Knowledge on these fascinating creatures is the greatest asset to their conservation. Sharing this knowledge, will prevent detrimental actions of humans through ignorance, suspicion, pesticide poisoning, roost destruction and closure, habitat loss, over-exploitation, and extermination as pests.
Bats need good Friends like you.