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February 2018

A property developer and demolition company manager who admitted destroying roosts for protected species of bats have been sentenced at court.

Strategic Planning for Landscape-Scale Conservation Symposium 2018 – CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
If you would like to contribute please submit a 250 word abstract (with a title) in Word or PDF format, including your name and your primary affiliation, to Jan Collins, Head of Biodiversity, BCT (jcollins@bats.org.uk) by 16th March 2018.

Change in Bat Conservation Trust CEO from April 2018
After nearly 20 years at Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) our Joint CEO Julia Hanmer has decided it is time to move on to new challenges and will be leaving at the end of March 2018.

January 2018

Update from Bearing Witness for Wildlife - Conservation Wildlife Crime Project

The State of UK’s Bats – monitoring the stars of the night
The NBMP has been running since 1997 and today sees the launch of the latest State of UK’s Bats report. The latest trends indicate that populations of the bat species we are able to monitor are stable or recovering, which suggests that current legislation and conservation action to protect and conserve bats are having a positive impact on bat populations and should be continued.

Out of hours but not out of mind – volunteer for the Out of Hours Bat Helpline
The National Bat Helpline (a service ran by BCT during office hours) is often the first line of contact for many members of the public that need help with a bat or have bat-related queries. However bats can find themselves in all sorts of trouble and not just doing office hours.

BCT looking into a case of bat fatalities
BCT is looking into a case where chemicals used during pest control activity have recently been confirmed as resulting in the death of 25 bats.

December 2017

Bat Species of the Year 2018: The Lesser Horseshoe Bat
The lesser horseshoe bat has been selected as ‘Bat Species of the Year 2018’ by BatLife Europe. Organisations in over 30 European countries will focus on promoting solutions to conservation issues and on to raising public awareness about this lovely bat species in 2018.

Strategic Planning for Landscape-Scale Conservation Symposium 2018 – CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Bat Crime Conviction in Dorset
Defendant charged over £2000 for bat crime

November 2017

Natural England are consulting on Earned Recognition for professional ecologists who work with bats

Wildlife crimes going unpunished without proper reporting

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!

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