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June 2016

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).

New Advanced bat survey techniques level 3 (field skills) course now open for bookings

A new bat species for Jersey!

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!

May 2016

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.

April 2016

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

EU REFERENDUM – QUESTIONS THAT NEED TO BE ASKED

Breathable Roofing Membrane (BRM) Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) complaint

March 2016

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.

February 2016

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).

Thank you from Kate Barlow's Parents
This is a message from Dr Kate Barlow's parents for all of the condolences sent following the unexpected passing of their daughter in November.

Nature Directives – UPDATE
A key report which provided evidence-based information that these Directives should not be weakened was put to a vote at the European parliament on the 2nd of February 2016. The great majority of MEP’s (592 out of 689) voted in favour of the report, making a clear statement on the importance of keeping the protection of our species and habitats.

Bat Habitat Regulation Bill – UPDATE
Further to our previous post regarding the second reading of the Bat Habitats Regulation Bill (read the article HERE). The Bill had its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 5th of February 2016 and at the end of the debate, Mr Christopher Chope MP withdrew the bill.

Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines (3rd edition)
We are pleased to confirm that hard copies will be available for purchase from NHBS next week (week beginning 15th of February 2016).

Help the Helpline this summer
During the busy summer months (May to September), when bats have their pups and the young are learning to fly, the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) runs an Out Of Hours (OOH) helpline to cover evenings and weekends. The OOH helpline relies on volunteers like you to answer emergency calls, it would simply be impossible without your help.

Worcestershire conviction for bat crime
On Friday 29th January 2016 at Worcester Magistrates Court man pleads guilty of destroying the breeding or resting place of Myotis bats.

January 2016

Bat Species of the Year 2016 revealed
BatLife Europe has announced “Bat species of the Year 2016”. After announcing three contestants in 2015 – common pipistrelle, Daubenton’s bat and Noctule – the chosen species was the Noctule (Nyctalus noctula)!

Bat Habitats Regulation Bill – UPDATE 2016
Further to our previous post about the revival of the Bat Habitats Regulation Bill in the House of Lords on the 11th of June 2015. The Bill had its first reading in the House of Commons on the 6th of July and is now expected to have a second reading on the 5th of February.

Our Nature is still under threat, but you can make the difference
The Nature Directives are, yet again, under threat as they will be put to a vote in the European Parliament in the first week of February.

BCT supports the call to create a Charter for Trees
Bat Conservation Trust is delighted to announce that we have joined forces with over 40 other organisations to support the Woodland Trust campaign to celebrate the value of our trees and woods and secure their future by creating a new Charter for Trees, Woods and People.

National Bat Conference Bookings are now open
Book by the 1st of April to get your early bat discount

Breathable Roofing Membranes - Update
Update on the issue of Breathable Roofing Memberanes

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