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October 2018

Nomadic Nathusius – bat ringed in the UK discovered in Belgium
A female Nathusius’ pipistrelle ringed in the UK in 2015 as part of BCT’s National Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Project has recently been recovered in Belgium

Flying success for bats in churches project
A ground-breaking project to help churches that host large bat roosts has recently been granted £3.8 million of funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund. (HLF)

Bat Crime Annual Report 2017 released
We are pleased to announce the release of the Bat Crime Report 2017. This report outlines and analyses incidents and outcomes of the Bat Conservation Trust’s (BCT) Investigations Project in 2017

September 2018

Bat Crime Conviction in York
An investigation led by the North Yorkshire Police, with support from Bat Conservation Trust and City of York Council, has helped to prosecute a developer for unlawfully demolishing a bat roost in York.

New Guidance on bats and lighting
The Institution of Lighting Professionals (ILP) has launched the latest practical guidance on considering the impact upon bats when designing lighting schemes.

August 2018

Home to roost – largest hibernation of pipistrelle bats recorded at Seaton Delaval Hall
The largest common pipistrelle bat winter roost in the UK[1] has been found at Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland, revealing previously unknown information about the bats’ hibernation habits.

National Bat Helpline report 2017 released
The National Bat Helpline receives thousands of enquiries each year. As a result, thousands of bats and their roosts are saved from damage or destruction. It is with this in mind that we are releasing the latest National Bat Helpline report.

June 2018

Gardener’s World Live 2018 with an exciting collaboration
The Bat Conservation Trust will be attending Gardener’s World Live (GWL) in Birmingham for the 8th consecutive time but this year we have an exciting collaboration!

May 2018

The Bat Conservation Trust and the Ministry of Justice sign an MoU
Jo Ferguson, Built Environment Officer for the Bat Conservation Trust, discusses the exciting joint initiatives ahead to support bat conservation upon the signing of an Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Justice.

National Bat Monitoring Programme Annual Report 2017
The latest results of the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) with data up to the end of September 2017 are now available

Conviction of roost destruction in Worcestershire
Individual pleaded guilty to the destruction of a bat roost however the level of fine imposed was disappointing.

April 2018

Conviction on three counts of roost destruction
A complex investigation undertaken by Kent Police recently saw London based Knightspur Homes convicted at Sevenoaks Magistrates Court on three counts of roost destruction. Sentencing was adjourned for consideration of a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation order by the Crown Court.

Bat Habitats Regulation Bill [HL] 2017-19
The Bat Habitats Regulation Bill sponsored by Lord Cormack is scheduled to receive its second reading in the House of Lords on Friday 27th of April 2018.

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