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August 2017

International Bat Night release of “How are trees important to bats?”
In celebration of International Bat Night we are pleased to announce the release of the very popular downloadable poster “How are trees important to bats?” developed by Mammal Next Door and with input from Bat Conservation Trust as well as a number of other partners. The poster is available in ffour languages

New Halloween Fundraising Pack
Now more than ever, bats could use all the support they can get - to support your engagement and fundraising efforts we have created a brand new Halloween Fundraising Pack!

Mitigation Case Studies Forum – Proceedings now available
In January 2017, as a first step to addressing the lack of evidence in bat mitigation (by encouraging monitoring and the sharing of good practice), Bat Conservation Trust’s Built Environment team ran a Mitigation Case Studies Forum. The proceedings of the forum are now available to download.

UK Biodiversity Indicators released
The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) have recently released the latest UK Biodiversity Indicators report.

Join your voice to ours – “Take Action for the Environment” campaign
Over the last 44 years, the European Union (EU) has played a critical role in shaping the legislation that protects bats and other wildlife in the UK. The Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill (also known as the Great Repeal Bill) is the first important step in shaping what will come after we are no longer part of the EU.

July 2017

International Bat Night 2017
International Bat Night has taken place every year since 1997. More than 30 countries join in with this celebration which takes place on the last full weekend of August. The 21st International Bat Night will be held on the weekend of 26-27 August 2017.

Helen Hayes MP champion of the common pipistrelle joins fellow Species Champion MPs to celebrate first year of the Species Champions Project
Helen Hayes MP attended an award ceremony in Westminster on Monday 3 July to mark the first anniversary of the Species Champions project and celebrate the recruitment of 39 MPs from across the political spectrum.

Gardening for Bats Events
An update on gardening for bats events. With an insight into Gardeners World Live 2017 and the Celebrity Theatre at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Bobby the Brown Long-Eared Bat
It has been one year since Bobby the Brown Long-Eared Bat flew off the shelf and was introduced to the world. This incredible little book written and published by Angela Mills, and illustrated by the talented wildlife artist Kate Wyatt, is a beautiful depiction of the life of a Brown Long-Eared bat.

Bat Habitats Regulation Bill (HL 2017)
Bat Conservation Trust are aware of a private members bill (Bat Habitats Regulation Bill) sponsored by Lord Cormack that will have its first reading in the House of Commons on 3 July 2017. We believe that this bill is impractical and would be disastrous for bat populations.

June 2017

Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life
The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) in London is being monitored in real-time using new, automated smart detectors that have been developed and installed by UCL and Intel scientists in collaboration with Arup, the Bat Conservation Trust, and the London Wildlife Trust.

May 2017

Speaking up for bats
If you care about the conservation of bats then here are three targeted questions you can put to your local candidates

Wild pup Twitter competition
Wild pup Twitter competition

National Bat Monitoring Programme Annual Report 2016

Winner of the Kate Barlow Award 2017
It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that Kristen Lear (PhD student at the University of Georgia) is the first recipient of the Kate Barlow Award.

Convictions for bat crime at Leamington Spa Magistrates Court
On Tuesday 11th April 2017 Magistrates sitting at Leamington Spa Court heard a case relating to the destruction of a bat roost. In passing sentence, in the opinion of the Bat Conservation Trust, they did great disservice to bat conservation and the wider fight against wildlife crime.

April 2017

Study into Wing Venation of Pipistrelle Species
Request for help from UK bat workers for a study into the wing venation of the different pipistrelle species.

March 2017

National Lottery backs ambitious plan to save twenty species threatened with extinction
Back from the Brink is the first nationwide coordinated effort to bring a wide range of leading charities and conservation bodies together to save threatened species.

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