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January 2017

Out of hours but not out of mind – volunteer for the Out of Hours Bat Helpline
Fancy a go at helping bats get the assistance they need? Applications for the forthcoming OOH 2017 season are now open!

HS2 - UPDATE
BCT echoes the concerns of the Woodland Trust for the potential to impacts on bats and biodiversity and in particular the woodland reliant Bechstein’s bat.

December 2016

EU wildlife laws saved – Help us make sure the protection remains after Brexit
We are asking everyone who cares about bats to contact their local MP

Bat Roost Mitigation and Compensation
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have recently published a report entitled ‘Bats and Licensing: A report on the success of maternity roost compensation measures'

2017 Professional training course programme
Bookings are now open for 2017 professional training courses

November 2016

Bearing Witness for Wildlife Crime - Investigations project update
Two exciting bits of news regarding the investigations project

Help defend the legislation that protects bats
Since the June Brexit referendum , BCT has been working internally and with other NGOs on how best to respond. Over the coming months and years we will be working hard to ensure that the legal protection of bats and their habitats is not weakened as the UK negotiates its exit from the European Union (EU).

October 2016

New leaflet available: Bat Rehabilitation – How to get involved
We would like to announce that a new leaflet, Bat Rehabilitation – How to get involved, is now available from BCT.

Wanted: Song flighting parti-coloured bats
Our colleagues in the Netherlands are on the hunt for the song flight calls of parti-coloured bats and have asked if bat workers in the UK can keep a look out when analysing calls this autumn (and perhaps keep using your bat detectors for a bit a longer than normal into the autumn and winter!)

September 2016

New Stand at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre
BCT’s Built Environment Project now has a permanent stand covering a range of built environment and bat conservation awareness issues at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre

Meet the winners of the Vincent Weir and Pete Guest Awards 2016
We are very happy to announce that the winner of the Vincent Weir Award 2016 is Dr. Rachael Cooper-Bohannon and for the Pete Guest Award 2016 the winner is James Shipman.

State of Nature Report 2016
This report has been created thanks to the collaboration of 53 conservation organisations. It represents the most comprehensive assessment to date of the status of species at land and sea in the UK.

Bats and Wind turbines research project
The much anticipated report based on the University of Exeter research on bats and wind-turbines has been released.

August 2016

Mitigation Case Studies Forum: call for case studies
BCT’s Bats and the Built Environment Project will be running a Mitigation Case Studies Forum on 24th January 2017 at the Arup headquarters in London.

Norfolk Bats and Churches Nights 2016 by Phil Parker
Members of the Norfolk Bats in Churches Project, led by Phil Parker, ran a series of 7 bat nights in some of Norfolk’s medieval Churches containing significant bat roosts during late July and early August.

The Lithuanian Bat that traveled a long way
Shirley Thompson from the Kent Bat Group and Honorary Education officer at Bat Conservation Trust shares her story of an exciting discovery by the Nathusius' Pipistrelle Project

July 2016

Tree roosts confirmed in Jersey, and first Daubenton’s bat caught!
The Jersey Bat Group is delighted to announce that the first tree roost sites in Jersey have now been located.

Wild About Gardens Week 2016
Gardeners urged to take action to help the stars of the night

A property developer shares his story
The police asked a developer to write about their experience as part of the Restorative Justice agreement made following a Bat Persecution case.

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