At present the area where the bats roost is not accessible to our visitors. We are watching the colony closely and hope to be able to offer a springtime bat walk to see the roost when the new babies have arrived.
Our bat walk will be published in our What's On section of the website and will be bookable online or by calling our Box Office on 0344 249 1895.
Our bat roost residents
Assisting Sally-Anne in monitoring the bats, our team of Rangers take great pride in our bat colony and ensure that it's a safe environment for the five species we have here in the castle and grounds:
- Brown long-eared
- Common Pipistrelle
- Soprano Pipistrelle
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
We are fortunate to also have a member of staff who holds a long term bat license registered to Natural England who works closely with the Bat Conservation Trust and runs the Hastings Bat Hospital.
Please remember that all bats are protected and so if you find a baby bat, please leave it along but contact the Bat Conservation Trust helpline for advice on 0845 1300 228.