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November 2017

Back from the Brink off to a tree-mendous start
November 15 sees the official launch of one of one the most ambitious conservation programmes in England - Back from the Brink.

Release of the latest Bat Crime Annual Report
The latest Bat Crime Annual Report 2016 is being release today and it outlines and analyses incidents and outcomes of the Bat Conservation Trust’s Investigations Project from January to December 2016.

October 2017

Bat Crime Conviction
Conviction at Portsmouth Magistrates Court for destroying a bat roost

2018 Kate Barlow award now open
We are pleased to announce that applications to the 2018 Kate Barlow award are now open – the closing date is 5pm, 4th December 2017.

September 2017

100th issue of The Young Batworker
This winters issue of The Young Batworker, the magazine for the junior wing of the Bat Conservation Trust, will be the 100th and also marks 30 years since the first issue was produced.

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

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