Mitigation Case Studies Forum: call for case studies
BCT’s Bats and the Built Environment Project will be running a Mitigation Case Studies Forum on 24th January 2017 at the Arup headquarters in London.
Norfolk Bats and Churches Nights 2016 by Phil Parker
Members of the Norfolk Bats in Churches Project, led by Phil Parker, ran a series of 7 bat nights in some of Norfolk’s medieval Churches containing significant bat roosts during late July and early August.
The Lithuanian Bat that traveled a long way
Shirley Thompson from the Kent Bat Group and Honorary Education officer at Bat Conservation Trust shares her story of an exciting discovery by the Nathusius' Pipistrelle Project
Tree roosts confirmed in Jersey, and first Daubenton’s bat caught!
The Jersey Bat Group is delighted to announce that the first tree roost sites in Jersey have now been located.
Wild About Gardens Week 2016
Gardeners urged to take action to help the stars of the night
A property developer shares his story
The police asked a developer to write about their experience as part of the Restorative Justice agreement made following a Bat Persecution case.
BCT responds to the EU Referendum result
Following the result of Thursday’s referendum, the Bat Conservation Trust urges the government to ensure the protection of the natural environment is a priority issue in negotiations concerning the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU).
EU Referendum Update
BCT wrote to both the "Vote Leave" and "Stronger in Britain" campaigns on the 12th of May. We have so far received one response from the "Stronger in Britain" campaign which we want to share with you.
Big Bat Map launch
Bats are fully active now so it is time to clear the map and start a fresh page of sightings!
Key science questions
BCT is committed to ensuring that conservation policy, practice and guidance is based on a robust scientific evidence base. BCT uses and generates scientific evidence to underpin bat conservation in the UK and further afield.
Bats in church buildings
Managing bats in church buildings was the focus of a one day conference of national and local representatives from the church, built heritage and conservation sectors on 13th May 2016.
EU Referendum - A request for key information
We have written to the Britain Stronger in Europe and Vote Leave campaigns to ask how a leave or remain vote will affect the UK’s treasured natural environment and its remarkable and already threatened species
National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) Annual Report 2015
The 2015 Annual Report provides the latest results from the programme, which produces population trends for 11 of Great Britain’s 17 resident bat species. All bat species we monitor are considered to have been stable or to have increased since 1999.
20 years of the National Bat Monitoring Programme
This year the Bat Conservation Trust is celebrating 20 years of its National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP), the longest-running multi-species survey for mammals in the UK.
Recommendations for using automatic bat identification software
Initial guidance note describing how these software packages work, and considerations for their use
BCT's response to Natural England’s proposed new policies for EPS licensing
The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation on four proposed new Natural England licensing policies. BCT works to ensure that bat conservation is acknowledged as an integral part of sustainable development; our response to this consultation is therefore written with specific reference to bats and their habitats.
Most significant conviction for bat crime ever recorded
It is our view that this case is the most significant conviction for bat crime ever recorded. Not only is it the first occasion where such a case has been heard in the Crown Court but to our knowledge it is the first time that a proceeds of crime application has been heard in relation any wildlife crime not involving the illegal trade in endangered species.
New study finds that common and widespread UK bat species are negatively affected by increased urbanisation
A recent study, based on data collected by the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) suggests that even the most widespread and adaptable UK bat species, the common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus), is negatively affected by increasing urbanised areas.
Proposed new policies for European Protected Species licensing
On 25th February Natural England launched a 6 week public consultation on four proposed new polices for European Protected Species (EPS).