A grounded bat will almost certainly need help.
Using gloves, or a cloth, carefully pick up the bat and place it into a secure, container such as a large ice cream tub or shoebox (check that there are no thumb size holes or perforations in the box first, as bats are great escape artists). Put four small holes in the lid of the box for ventilation (the end of a pencil is ideal) and place some kitchen paper or tissue on the bottom of the box.
A milk bottle lid or other small shallow container filled with water should be added to allow the bat to drink, should it wish to.
A cloth can also be added to allow the bat to crawl under and feel safe, if it wishes.
Then call the Lincolnshire Helpline (see below), so that your bat can be taken into care.
If you have an enquiry from outside Lincolnshire, unless it’s from Cambridgeshire or Norfolk between the A47 and the Lincolnshire boundary, excluding King’s Lynn, Wisbech and Peterborough, please phone the National Bat Helpline on 0345 1300 228.
Lincolnshire Helpline has changed and now has two options:
If you have found a grounded bat:
Please contact James Simpson on 07713 760211 or Julie Ellison on 07586 293860, or if unavailable leave a message on the landline, which is 01754 880070, or
If you have a general enquiry:
Please contact Annette Faulkner on 01775 766286, or email via firstname.lastname@example.org
In all cases the Lincolnshire Helpline is open from 7:30am to 11:00pm.
If you have to leave a message please be patient, as rest assured we will get back to you. If yours is an evening call it would be most helpful if you could say how late we can phone you back or, failing that, how early the following morning. Your bat will be OK so long as it has access to water. Please also give the exact village or town you are in, not the nearest town, as this makes it much easier to know who to direct your call to.
Alternatively the National Bat Helpline: 0345 1300 228
What should I do if bats roost in my house?
During office hours please contact the Bat Conservation Trust on 0345 1300228 / email@example.com who act on behalf of Natural England, the government body that deals with nature conservation issues. They will able to advise you. For out of hours enquiries please use the Lincolnshire helpline on 01775 766286.
Bats found whilst carrying out development or building works
During office hours please contact the Bat Conservation Trust on 0345 1300 228 / firstname.lastname@example.org who act on behalf of Natural England, the government body that deals with nature conservation issues. They will be able to advise you. For out of hours enquiries please use the Lincolnshire helpline on 01775 766286. Legally you must stop work in that part of the building until you have received advice on what to do next.