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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.

Winner of the Kate Barlow Award 2018
Congratulations to Laura Pulscher, winner of the Kate Barlow Award 2018!

March 2018

New species of bat found in Jersey, the lesser horseshoe bat
Annyctalus Ecology are delighted to announce another new bat species for Jersey - the lesser horseshoe bat, which is also BatLife Europe's Bat Species of the Year 2018

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.

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