Our bat roost residents
Karen Hammond, our Volunteer Manager and registered bat carer at Bodiam Castle takes great pride in our bat colony and ensures that it's a safe environment for the five species we have here in the castle and grounds:
The maternity roost in the castle is away from the public and closely monitored to ensure the bats are not disturbed. However, you can often hear them chattering and sometimes a wandering baby bat does have to be returned home.
The Daubenton’s bats don’t always like sharing the area with the Natterer’s species and have been known to kick them out. But most of the time they all seem to get along just fine, with each species having a colony on either side of a beam.
Bat conservation work
Karen works closely with the Bat Conservation Trust. She holds a long term bat license registered to Natural England, runs the Hastings Bat Hospital and deals with all bat related issues at Bodiam Castle.
If you find a baby bat, you should contact the Bat Conservation Trust helpline for advice on 0845 1300 228.