The Manx Bat Group was formed in 1990 following the introduction of the Wildlife Act, which provided legal protection to Manx bats for the first time. The Bat Group was set up to promote the knowledge, study and welfare of bats in and around the Isle of Man and gives volunteers a vehicle through which to inform discussions about bat issues, research Manx bats and provide independent advice to the public on bat issues. The Group also records information on Manx bats, their habitats and factors that affect their conservation.
Since its formation the Bat Group has organised a regular summer programme of public bat walks, bat box making days, training events and talks to various groups about bats. One of the first events was a bat detector workshop led by off-Island experts.
The Group has also produced bat information leaflets and a booklet of good bat walks in the Island.