About Us

©Isles of Scilly Bat Group

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The group was formed in December 2006. We have about 30 members, mostly on the Islands but some on the mainland. For further information about the Group's aims and governance, click on Constitution.

The Group is affiliated to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and to the Bat Conservation Trust.



  • To promote bat conservation in the Isles of Scilly.
  • To provide an informal forum for those in the islands interested in bats to meet, learn about bats and to exchange information.
  • To provide general information about bats to the public and to respond to enquires from the public.
  • To accumulate reliable information about bats in the islands and, where appropriate, to initiate further research for that purpose.
  • To raise funds, where necessary, to assist in achieving the above aims.
  • To provide a pool of expertise from which to recruit people to be trained as volunteer wardens who may contribute to bat conservation in liaison with Natural England, Bat Conservation Trust, professional ecologists, the Isles of Scilly Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, The Council of the Isles of Scilly, The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, and the Duchy of Cornwall.


Chairman: Marian Bennett

Secretary: Mike Gurr

Treasurer: Anne Gurr



Licensed Bat Workers

Three members of the Group are licensed by Natural England for work with bats (a protected species). Rebecca Steggles (RSteggles@scilly.gov.uk) has a Volunteer Bat Roost Visitor (VBRV) licence to handle bats and survey premises where there is a known roost. This requires her to report annually to Natural England (NE) on any surveys done during the year. For such roost visits, she is covered by a Natural England insurance policy. By special arrangement, Rebecca, Anne Gurr (e.anne.gurr@gmail.com) and Mike Gurr (mike.i.gurr8@gmail.com) are licensed to respond to requests from applicants to the Council of the Isles of Scilly for planning permission to erect or modify buildings etc in cases where bat presence might be suspected. They report their findings to the Council’s Planning Officer and, if bats are discovered, the matter has to be referred on to a professional licenced ecologist, who is qualified to direct mitigation measures. The three IOS Bat Wardens are not authorized to do this. Mike and Anne are covered by the Council’s insurance policy. As well as their survey reports to the Planning Department, they are also required to submit annual reports to Natural England in respect of their licences for “Science and Research”.


The IOS VBRVs are:

Anne Gurr e-mail: e.anne.gurr@gmail.com
Mike Gurr e-mail: mike.i.gurr8@gmail.com
Rebecca Steggles e-mail: rsteggles@scilly.gov.uk



Apply to the secretary.

A membership application form can be down-loaded by clicking on membership application