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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 ( 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!

Mitigation Case Studies Forum – Proceedings now available
In January 2017, as a first step to addressing the lack of evidence in bat mitigation (by encouraging monitoring and the sharing of good practice), Bat Conservation Trust’s Built Environment team ran a Mitigation Case Studies Forum. The proceedings of the forum are now available to download.

UK Biodiversity Indicators released
The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) have recently released the latest UK Biodiversity Indicators report.

Join your voice to ours – “Take Action for the Environment” campaign
Over the last 44 years, the European Union (EU) has played a critical role in shaping the legislation that protects bats and other wildlife in the UK. The Government’s EU (Withdrawal) Bill (also known as the Great Repeal Bill) is the first important step in shaping what will come after we are no longer part of the EU.

July 2017

International Bat Night 2017
International Bat Night has taken place every year since 1997. More than 30 countries join in with this celebration which takes place on the last full weekend of August. The 21st International Bat Night will be held on the weekend of 26-27 August 2017.

Helen Hayes MP champion of the common pipistrelle joins fellow Species Champion MPs to celebrate first year of the Species Champions Project
Helen Hayes MP attended an award ceremony in Westminster on Monday 3 July to mark the first anniversary of the Species Champions project and celebrate the recruitment of 39 MPs from across the political spectrum.

Gardening for Bats Events
An update on gardening for bats events. With an insight into Gardeners World Live 2017 and the Celebrity Theatre at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2017.

Bobby the Brown Long-Eared Bat
It has been one year since Bobby the Brown Long-Eared Bat flew off the shelf and was introduced to the world. This incredible little book written and published by Angela Mills, and illustrated by the talented wildlife artist Kate Wyatt, is a beautiful depiction of the life of a Brown Long-Eared bat.

Bat Habitats Regulation Bill (HL 2017)
Bat Conservation Trust are aware of a private members bill (Bat Habitats Regulation Bill) sponsored by Lord Cormack that will have its first reading in the House of Commons on 3 July 2017. We believe that this bill is impractical and would be disastrous for bat populations.

June 2017

Smart detectors to monitor urban bat life
The activity of urban bats in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) in London is being monitored in real-time using new, automated smart detectors that have been developed and installed by UCL and Intel scientists in collaboration with Arup, the Bat Conservation Trust, and the London Wildlife Trust.

May 2017

Speaking up for bats
If you care about the conservation of bats then here are three targeted questions you can put to your local candidates

Wild pup Twitter competition
Wild pup Twitter competition

National Bat Monitoring Programme Annual Report 2016

Winner of the Kate Barlow Award 2017
It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce that Kristen Lear (PhD student at the University of Georgia) is the first recipient of the Kate Barlow Award.

Convictions for bat crime at Leamington Spa Magistrates Court
On Tuesday 11th April 2017 Magistrates sitting at Leamington Spa Court heard a case relating to the destruction of a bat roost. In passing sentence, in the opinion of the Bat Conservation Trust, they did great disservice to bat conservation and the wider fight against wildlife crime.

April 2017

Study into Wing Venation of Pipistrelle Species
Request for help from UK bat workers for a study into the wing venation of the different pipistrelle species.

March 2017

National Lottery backs ambitious plan to save twenty species threatened with extinction
Back from the Brink is the first nationwide coordinated effort to bring a wide range of leading charities and conservation bodies together to save threatened species.

Wildlife Acoustics is sponsoring the Bat Conservation Trust events in 2017
We are very pleased to announce that Wildlife Acoustics has agreed to be the exclusive sponsor for Bat Conservation Trust events in 2017. We are very grateful for this ongoing committed support.

BCT better implementation strategy message

February 2017

Bat Mitigation Project – Call for Case Studies
We are appealing for consultants to provide the details of any bat roost mitigation case studies which fit our broad criteria

Tam Dalyell 1932-2017; a bat friendly voice in parliament
We are grateful for his contribution and sad that bat conservation has lost another friend.

Bats and churches to benefit thanks to National Lottery
A new project bridging the gap between bat conservation and the protection of historic churches has received £3.8million of National Lottery support.

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!

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.

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


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

December 2015

Bat Care Guidelines Crowdfunding
The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) has launched its first crowdfunding campaign which aims to publish the new edition of the Bat Care Guidelines, a vital resource amongst bat carers. This is a great opportunity for our supporters to contribute to this publication.

Kate Barlow's funeral arrangements
Arrangements have now been made for the funeral of Dr Kate Barlow, which will take place on Thursday 17th December.

“Discovering the connection between natural heritage and cultural influence” wins Heritage Lottery Fund support
The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) has been awarded £91,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project at Swanton Novers woodland in Norfolk. Thanks to National Lottery players, BCT will work closely with volunteers from the local community to discover the relationship between the long history of management at the site and the woodland’s role in local heritage and in the wildlife that the woodland supports – particularly bats

Join us on this global #GivingTuesday movement!
The Bat Conservation Trust is joining the global #GivingTuesday movement, a day of giving and a day for people around the world to come together to do something for a good cause!

November 2015

Kate Barlow - Passionate wildlife conservationist and explorer
Prof. Kate Jones has written a tribute to our dear friend, Dr Kate Barlow, who unexpectedly passed away on Monday 23rd of November.

Sad loss of a great friend to bat conservation
We are extremely saddened to have to let you know that our dear friend, Dr Kate Barlow, unexpectedly passed away on Monday 23rd of November.

Time to Defend Nature again
Over the last few months we have been working closely with other conservation and environmental organisations to make sure the Nature Directives review process is based on the best evidence available. We are now asking for your help in this process once again.

Cull of Flying Foxes in Mauritius
A government cull of 18,000 Greater Mascarene Flying Foxes Pteropus niger has begun in Mauritius.

Article by Prof Paul Racey

HS2 Updated Position Statement
In August BCT responded to a consultation on the HS2 Phase One supplementary environmental statement. As a result of the consultation we have now produced an updated position statement.

The Bat Factor
Bat Life Europe have the difficult task in the next couple of weeks of choosing which of our amazing native species will be awarded the title 'Bat of the Year 2016'

Trudy Seagon 1960-2015
Tribute for a greatly missed champion of conservation in Suffolk.

October 2015

Tribute for a greatly missed bat carer
Jan Ragg was the cornerstone of bat care in Essex and an inspiration to many bat carers. She died suddenly in August 2015.

Release of the latest Bat Crime Annual Report 2014
The Bat Crime Annual Report 2014 outlines and analyses both incidents and outcomes of the Bat Conservation Trust’s (BCT) Investigations Project throughout the year.

On the bat's wing do I fly – a remarkable journey
In January 2014 a tiny bat made headlines in the UK, Europe and across the world after a remarkable voyage of 600 Km. That previous record has now been superseded by another individual from the same species, namely the Nathusius' pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii), who travelled a total of at least 1458km. This is a truly extraordinary feat for a bat that typically weighs the same as a 50p coin.

Launch of the “Response for Nature” report
Today sees the launch of the “Response for Nature” report. This report follows on from The State of Nature report which was published in 2013 and highlighted significant declines in wildlife. Bat Conservation Trust along and 25 other conservation organisations will be at events in England, Wales, Scotland and Norther Ireland calling for government to play their part in a plan for nature recovery.

Bat Week World Record Attempt
To celebrate Bat Week this year, people are being invited to take part in an attempt a world record at building the most bat houses in a single day.

September 2015

Latest Bat Crime Prosecutions
Developers plead guilty in court to the destruction of bat roosts

August 2015

National Bat Conference 2015 - online bookings are now closed
University of Warwick 11-13th of September.

Online bookings for the National Bat Conference are now closed. Please call for availability.

What works in conservation
The newly published ‘What works in conservation’ is a resource which aims to support conservation decision-making by providing an assessment, based on the available scientific evidence, of what works and what does not work in conservation with a worldwide view.

July 2015

Bat Crime update
The latest update from BCT’s Investigations Project

We need your help
Recently our attention has been drawn to a number of incidents reported through BCTs Helpline of building maintenance work potentially conflicting with the legislation protecting bats and their roosts. We would like your help with this.

The public consultation phase of the European Commission’s “fitness check” review of the Birds and Habitats Directives comes to an end on Friday 24 July. It is vital that as many people as possible make their voices heard in order to protect this important legislation.

Head out this weekend in search of your local bats!
Virtually everyone who takes part in this survey – whether at dusk or dawn – manages to spot bats, and there’s a good chance of seeing or hearing other wildlife as well, such a foxes, badgers and owls.

National Bat Helpline – limited service 8th-9th of July 2015
Due to the London tube strike the National Bat Helpline will be operating a limited service from 3pm to 5.30pm on Wednesday 8th of July and from 9am to 5.30pm on Thursday 9th of July.

New Number for the National Bat Helpline
Due to a legislative change the National Bat Helpline phone number is changing from 0845 1300 228 to 0345 1300 228. The main part of the number is exactly the same; just the prefix has changed. Callers should now dial 0345 1300 228 instead of 0845 1300 228.

June 2015

Bat Habitats Regulation Bill Revived
On Thursday the 11th of June the Bat Habitats Regulation Bill, originally presented as a private members bill on the House of Commons by Mr Christopher Chope MP, was revived by Lord Cormack in the House of Lords. Many of you rallied to the previous call to action and we are asking for your help once more since we believe this bill to be detrimental to bat conservation.

Romanian Bat Protection Association visits the National Bat Helpline
The Romanian Bat Protection Association has visited the Bat Conservation Trust offices in London to learn all about the National Bat Helpline in order to set up a helpline for bats in Romania.

May 2015

Award open for nominations
The Vincent Weir Scientific Award for bat research is now open and taking nominations. The closing date is 29th June 2015.

Citizen science delivers latest trends in UK bat populations
The latest results from BCT's National Bat Monitoring Programme show stable or increasing trends for the 11 bat species monitored since 1997.

A call for action to defend nature
We need your help defending nature by responding to a short online EU questionnaire. This is quick and easy to do. You can really make a difference by standing up for nature through your response and by encouraging others to do so too.

New date for sound analysis training course
We have now confirmed a date and venue for our Bat detector and sound analysis course

April 2015

Launch of #askbatpeeps
The Bat Conservation Trust is pleased to announce the launch of twitter campaign #askbatpeeps on 1st May 2015.

National Bat Monitoring Programme is now squeaking (not tweeting)
The National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) provides exceptional information on how bats are faring in the UK, and its now on Twitter!

Tribute to a greatly missed bat lover
Anne Cozens has died in Wiltshire at the age of 70. Until her illness she had been a member of Five Rivers Bat Group (South Wiltshire) for whom she was Treasurer and also a member of Wiltshire Bat Group and Hampshire Bat Group.

The British Standard for surveying bats in trees and woodlands – available for comment
BS 8596 has now been made available for public comment, and BCT would very much welcome your input. Comments need to be made by 31 May 2015 using BSI’s Draft Review System.

Bat bill will make no further progress
The Bat Habitats Regulation Bill has been dropped as there was no motion to carry it over to the next session of Parliament after the general election.

March 2015

Sparrows Green Studio’s bat scarf raised almost £700 for Bat Conservation Trust
Sparrows Green Studio has raised £690 for the Bat Conservation Trust from the sales of its British hand drawn silk bat scarf, specially designed and produced for the charity.

The Bat Conservation Trust is proud to be a partner in the Nature and Wellbeing Act campaign
Bat Conservation Trust is joining The Wildlife Trusts, the RSBP and many other partner conservation organisations to campaign for nature to be at the heart of government policy.

Vote for BCT
Cast your vote for us to win vital funds for our cause

February 2015

Release of the latest Bat Crime Report 2013
As the latest Bat Crime report being released today shows, the overall number of bat crime allegations referred to police from BCT in 2013 was 121, down by 13 cases from 2012. The majority of these crimes were as a result of building development activity, with damage being caused to roosts identified as the most frequent offence.

An opinion piece written by Matt W Ridley in The Times on Monday 26th of January entitled “It’s common sense: kill the rats, move the bats” (view it on his website HERE) presented an ill-informed picture of the serious topic of bats in churches.

January 2015

Prosecution for crimes against bats in Humberside
On 8th January 2015 Dr Anthony Flinn aged 56yrs of Wroot, Humberside appeared before Lincolnshire Magistrates Court where he pleaded not guilty to destroying a bat roost and a swallows nest at his home address.

The court returned guilty verdicts and Dr Flinn was fined £500 for destroying the roost, ordered to pay £600 costs and to pay a victim surcharge of £50. He was fined £100 for destroying the swallows nest.

UPDATE - Bat Habitats Regulation Bill
The Bat Habitats Regulation Bill sponsored by Christopher Chope MP had its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 16th of January 2015. We are urging everyone who cares about bats to contact their MPs urgently.

Bat Habitats Regulation Bill (England and Wales)
We are aware of a private members bill (Bat Habitats Regulation Bill) sponsored by Mr Christopher Chope MP that will have its second reading in the House of Commons on Friday 16th January 2015. We believe that this bill is impractical and would be disastrous for bat populations.

Conviction for bat crime in Scotland
First conviction for bat crime in Scotland for several years

December 2014

Bat Carer in New Year Honours List
We are delighted to hear that Jenny Clark of the Sussex Bat Hospital has been included on the New Year’s Honours List for her outstanding contributions to bat conservation.

Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.
A one off £15million roof repair fund administered by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) on behalf of the Department for Culture Media and Sport has been launched, inviting applications from congregations

Bats and Breathable Roofing Membranes - Update of Findings

Bats and churches - a reasoned approach
Response to the debate in the House of Commons on the 11th of December 2014

The National Bat Monitoring Programme: Citizen science reveals trends in bat populations
Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) volunteers from across the UK have spent over 42,000 evenings monitoring bat populations as part of the National Bat Monitoring Programme (NBMP) which is the longest running (since 1996), purpose-built, multi-species monitoring programme for mammals in the UK. The efforts of these Citizen Scientists have provided experts with essential data to build up a picture of bat species populations and the results do look promising for some bat species. This information is now detailed in a new scientific paper published today.

November 2014

Bats and Breathable Roofing Membranes
Bats and Breathable Roofing Membranes - crowd sourcing

September 2014

Permitted Development call for evidence
We would like to ask for your help with this. If you have knowledge of the way in which bats have been considered in any permitted development cases since April this year (whether good or bad) we would like to hear about it.

July 2014

Update on the simplification of wildlife guidance by DEFRA

June 2014

BATS AND CHURCHES – committed to working towards solutions
Over the last two weeks a number of articles have appeared in the media portraying the presence of bats in churches in a negative light. Bat Conservation Trust recognises the problems that some churches experience with bats. When large roosts of bats are present in churches their droppings and urine can affect not only the church fabric and furnishings, but the ability of church congregations to worship and use the church building for the full benefit of the church community. BCT works with a number of different organisations and individuals to find solutions in these difficult situations and we will continue to do so.

Ongoing issues with new permitted development legislation related to agricultural buildings

Changes at the Bat Conservation Trust

House of Lords Debate : Parish churches, bats and the National Bat Helpline – free advice for householders and churches with bats

Tribute to Ian Dunbar
Ian Dunbar, BCT Chair 2004-2010 sadly died on 11 April 2014
The BCT staff and trustees as well as many BCT members are deeply saddened at the loss of Ian and our thoughts are with his wife, children, wider family and friends.

New date for BCT's Arboriculture and Bats course
29 September 2014, Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

May 2014

Citizen Science at Work
BCT’s National Bat Monitoring Programme continues to show stable or increasing trends in 11 of the UK’s bat species in 2013

Bat Crime doesn’t pay
BCT pushing for a UK legal first and recommend that proceeds of crime are used to punish wildlife crime.

April 2014

New edition of Bat Surveys Good Practice Guidelines to come
Following our consultation requesting feedback about the 2nd edition of Bat Surveys Good Practice Guidelines, which closed at the end of summer 2013, we are aiming to publish a 3rd edition in winter 2014/2015.

March 2014

Natural England new bat licensing process
Natural England will start implementing a new bat licensing process as of 31st of March 2014

HS2 - The Bat Conservation Trust requests an urgent review

February 2014

Sad news that the Hon. Vincent Weir has passed away

January 2014

Bat populations recovering, according to largest ever European study.

Tiny Bat Crosses the North Sea!

Incomplete, inadequate and of a poor standard- must do better: The damning verdict on the HS2 Environmental Statement (ES) produced by HS2 Ltd.

Man fined £3500 for destroying roosts of protected species.

BCT Initial Response - HS2 Environmental Statement

Early bat discounts for tickets to the National Bat Conference on sale now!

Go Batty for bats in 2014 - Some easy ways to volunteer to help Britain's bats

December 2013

Class Licence for 2014: New year, new class licence!

Save the dates! Spring Regional Conferences in England for 2014

Come help man the BAT PHONES!

Wildlife Guidance Government Consultation Update

A new resident or a visitor? Geoffroy's bat in Britain

Ask your MP to make the environment a priority in CAP spending

November 2013

Batty Art And Design auction, a picture of success!

Storm damaged trees - a reminder about bats and tree roosts

Bat Conservation Trust responds to government biodiveristy offsetting proposals

October 2013

Bat crime conviction in Wales

Submit your abstract for the Artificial Light and Wildlife Symposium

New Government figures chart decline of UK wildlife

Bat Helpline limited service on 23rd October

Bat conservation charity commends work undertaken to find a way for people and bats to co-exist at St Hilda’s church in Ellerburn.

BCT concerned about proposed planning changes

Batty runners raising money for BCT in Royal Parks Half Marathon

September 2013

Hibernation Survey recording pages are live

The Vincent Weir Scientific Award is won by young designer of a breakthrough system to support bat monitoring; Charlotte Walters.

West Yorkshire bat worker, Maggie Brown, is honoured for her outstanding voluntary contribution to bat conservation.

West Yorkshire bat worker, Maggie Brown, is honoured for her outstanding voluntary contribution to bat conservation.

BCT concerned over Defra's proposed new guidance 'Bats; complying with the law'

BCT is investigating inadequate penalties for bat crime

New BCT book on Designing buildings with wildlife in mind is out now

August 2013

Saturday is International Bat Night

Are UK bats immune to White-Nose Syndrome which is killing millions of North American bats?
Geomyces destructans, the fungus associated with the deaths of over 5.7 million bats in North America since 2006, has been found in the UK for the first time.

One of Britain’s rarest mammals needs greater protection.
New research shows just 1000 grey long-eared bats remain in the UK and numbers are declining.

July 2013

Partner organisations eagerly wait to hear what steps the Welsh Government are to take, to save our threatened wildlife for our future generations

New farming technology strategy needs to work with nature

Bat Conservation Trust nominates Holy Trinity, Tattershall for a Nation’s Favourite Churches Award

Police Scotland investigate death of 12 bats

BCT HQ is experiencing phone problems 05.06.2013
Our BCT HQ is experiencing phone problems. If you need to contact us and cannot get through by phont, please attempt to do so by email We are hoping to be up and running like normal within a few hours.

Bats in Churches – Challenges and Solutions: An Event for Church Wardens
Holy Trinity Church in Tattershall, BCT and bat worker Ian Nixon are holding an event for church wardens to discuss the issues surrounding bats in churches. There will be a workshop for people who have specific issues they would like addressed.

British Bats Face Challenges After Second Cold Spring In A Row

New BCT training course: Using Acoustic Lures
BCT is running a brand new course for ecological consultants - Using Acoustic Lures will take place on 21-23 August.

Last chance to nominate student scientists for the Vincent Weir Scientific Award
Nominations for the Vincent Weir award close July 12th.

In Memory of Lou Pickersgill - Somerset Bat Group

Bat Conservation Trust Position Statement – HS2 Draft Environmental Statement
The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) believes that a balance between economic infrastructure projects and conservation is possible.

Man fined for destroying bat roost.
A man received had to pay over £600 for destroying a Brown long-eared bat roost in a barn he demolished.

June 2013

Churches with bats need to know help is at hand and UK bats do not pose a risk to public health
The Bat Conservation Trust response to Sir Tony Baldry's Westminster Hall debate.

BCT partners up again for this years' Gardeners' World Live show
We are very lucky to be able to announce that this year we are once again partnering up with Pocket Habitat ( and BritishFlora ( to bring our wildlife garden specifically designed to help attract insects for bats to eat.

May 2013

A Tribute to Janet Eames – Nottinghamshire Bat Group

Groundbreaking study finds UK nature in trouble

Bat Conservation International launch petition for Bracken Cave Reserve

April 2013

Register your integrated bat box
BCT launches Box Plot - a campaign to record the location of integrated bat boxes

March 2013

Out of Hours Volunteer service 2013
We are fast approaching the time of year when BCT sets up its Out of Hours (OOH) Helpline. This is one of our largest seasonal projects and it provides volunteer opportunities for those interested in BCT and what we do.

Bat Conservation Trust response to Church of England statement on 28 February

Man convicted for killing a bat

January 2013

Andrew Watson 1919-2013

National Bat conference 2013: Request for abstracts

National Bat Conference 2013
National Bat Conference 2013 booking system open exclusively for BCT members! Book your place now to take advantage of our Early Bat booking discount.

December 2012

Position Statement on Plans for St Hilda’s Church, Ellerburn, North Yorkshire

Minister praises bat conservation volunteers

Obituary: Terry Durnin, a passion for bats and conservation.

2013 Professional Training Courses

Bats and Chalara dieback of ash trees: December Update

November 2012

A critical winter for bats

October 2012

5 UK bat species heading for recovery?

Listen to bats and help conservation!

August 2012

Man fined for destruction of three bat roosts

Celebrate the Best in Bat Roost Enhancement and Mitigation with a Roost Award

Small wind turbines have big impact on bats

July 2012

Man guilty of destroying a roost home to rare bats is fined

National Bat Conference 2012 - Online booking deadline extended until 20 August!

June 2012

A bad year for bats? Bat Conservation Trust appeals for donations
The Bat Helpline (0845 1300 228) has seen a marked increase in reports of grounded bats, while the number of calls about baby bats and bat maternity roosts has declined. BCT is appealing for donations to support the Bat Helpline and its vital bat conservation work.

BCT offers RIBA CPD for architects
BCTis offering a RIBA certified training course aimed at architects and designers. The course "Designing for bats in buildings" will take place in Oxford on the 28 June.

Encouraging signs for 11 UK bat species

Sunrise Sunset survey season begins

May 2012

Increase in grounded bat calls after cold, wet spring
If you notice a bat on the ground or exposed on a wall or fence during daylight hours, please report it immediately to the National Bat Helpline on 0845 1300 228.

April 2012

BCT response to VAT on listed building alteration

Vincent Weir Scientific Award

March 2012

The future of our forests: A bat perspective on Government's response to forestry task force

Our response to the new planning system

Bat Conservation Trust CEO welcomes the results of the Habitats Directives Review
Update to the Bat Blog!

National Bat Conference - draft programme now available
Draft programme now available

Donation from Appliances Online and their Bosch washing machines.

Charities warn of environmentally damaging developments getting green light under proposed planning reform
BCT joins coalition of charities in setting out 'red lines' on the Government's planning reforms.

February 2012

Invitation to tender: BCT NBMP database redevelopment phase 1
We would like to invite organisations to tender for work to redevelop the Bat Conservation Trust National Bat Monitoring Programme database.

BCT submits evidence to Government's habitats and wildlife law review
Evidence and case studies have been submitted by the Bat Conservation Trust to Defra's review of the implementation of the Habitats Directive.

December 2011

Habitats Directive Review: Our position and recommendations
Recommendations and case studies from the Bat Conservation Trust for Government review and examination of the implementation of the Habitats Directive.

November 2011

BCT appeals for funds to challenge bat misconceptions
We need your help to speak up for bats, combat negative attitudes, and tackle the media on irresponsible actions.

Halloween funds start rolling in!
BCT starts to collect donations following a great Halloween

October 2011

Jenny Clark receives IFAW Education award at House of Lords
Jenny Clark, who founded the Sussex Bat Hospital is recognised for her effort to educate and inspire people abouts bats.

September 2011

Have a Halloween Party for bats
Make your Halloween celebrations even more special by raising funds in aid of the Bat Conservation Trust. Halloween is a great time to get creative, beat off the onset of the winter blues and do some fundraising to help our misunderstood bat friends.

The State of the UK's Bats report shows some positive trends in bat populations
Launched at the National Bat Conference the report from the National Bat Monitoring Programme summarises bat populations trends over 14 years.

Desktop wallpapers now available!
BCT have released some fun batty wallpapers for your computer screens

August 2011

Writing Competition results!
The results are released for the 2011 European bat Weekend Writing Competition

Launch of BatLife Europe
A new international conservation NGO, which aims to combat the threats to bats has been launched at the XII European Bat Research Symposium in Lithuania.

Discover the world of bats on the Big Bat Map
BCT launches the Big Bat Map to help the public explore the world of bats all around us. Share and map bat sightings, discover local bat hotspots, find events and get top tips on how to see bats.

Writing competition opens!
Get involved in our writing competition for European Bat Weekend!!!

Bat bites in the UK
A 30 year old woman in Scotland has been bitten by a bat after finding it on the ground near Loch Lomond.

Stop conservation from losing millions of pounds in BBC Wildlife Fund closure
Sign the petition and help save the future of the BBC Wildlife Fund, allowing it to continue its valuable work supporting nature conservation

July 2011

National Bat Conference 2011 - FINAL extension
The FINAL booking deadline for your delegate place on the conference will be TUESDAY 30 AUGUST, make sure you book your place now!!! A programme of the event is available online, showing all the talks and workshops happening this year.

Get involved in our Sunrise/Sunset Survey this weekend!
Spend a few hours in the garden this weekend to help us conserve bats

BCT appeals to supporters to keep Out of Hours Emergency Helpline running
Bat Helpline faces it's busiest year ever against backdrop of cuts.

June 2011

Help us count bats!
Take part in the National Bat Monitoring Programme and help us find out how bats are faring and find new roosts!

New Advanced Sound Analysis Course
For the attention of senior/principle ecologists and experienced bat consultants. The Bat Conservation Trust has developed a brand new course called Using Bat Detectors and Sound Analysis Tools - an advanced course.

Wind farm survey guidance available for download now
New wind farm survey guidance

May 2011

Good signs for bat conservation?
BCT's National Bat Monitoring Programme shows for seven bat species populations are stable or increasing in the UK.

BCT's Position Statement on the Localism Bill and Planning Reform
BCT calls for the planning system to be reformed to deliver true sustainable development.

April 2011

Government announces plans to review the Wildlife and Countryside Act
The government have announced that they want to “free up business and society from the burden of excessive regulation”. Included in the list of regulations under review are some very important laws such as the Climate Change Act, National Parks Act, Clean Air Act and the Wildlife and Countryside Act.

British Waterway launch their 2011 survey and this year the focus is on bats
British Waterways are hoping to find out more about bat populations - and how canals and rivers can provide a vital lifeline for them, by making the bat the featured creature for the 2011 Wildlife Survey!

Change of address for BCT London office
From 14th April we are moving to Vauxhall, London

Not seen a bat yet?
Explore our online interactive bat habitats and find out what makes a good place for bat spotting.

March 2011

Last call for Vincent Weir Scientific Award nominations...
Deadline for all nominations are 9th May 2011.

Builders go batty at Ecobuild
..Read the latest blog by Kelly Gunnell

February 2011

Ecobuild Goes Batty!
BCT is talking bats, biodiversity and buildings at one the construction industires's biggest green events

National Bat Conference 2011
Bookings are now being taken for this years exciting conference!!!

New blog by BCT bookkeeper Jane Collett
Bookkeeper Jane Collett tells us about her first bat outing, where she helped out with a hibernation survey in a disused London tube tunnel..

Batty Valentine's Day e-cards
Got a loved one who is a bit batty or a friend who needs cheering up.. If so why not send one of our batty e-cards this Valentine's Day.

January 2011

Bechstein's Bat Project enters its final year.
Will 2011, the International Year of the Forest and Year of the Bat be good for finding our woodland bats?

December 2010

Batty Christmas e-cards
Now you can send BCT e-cards to your friends and family this Christmas!

Abstracts wanted - National Bat Conference 2011
The deadline is Monday 11th January if you would like to give a talk at the National Bat Conference, so get your abstract in!

November 2010

Combating Bat Crime
Bat Crime Annual Report shows doubling of incidents reported to BCT.

October 2010

Countdown to Halloween
Find out how to get batty this Halloween and learn the truth about vampires, goblins and ghosts!

Bats and moths take over parliament
The Bat Conservation Trust introduces bats to MPs at Westminster

September 2010

Good signs for 7 UK bat species
The National Bat Monitoring Programme Annual Report shows positive results for the majority of bats in study.

Year of the Bat takes flight
Year of the Bat 2011-12 launches today in Prague backed by United Nations Environmental Programme.

Dr Roger Ransome wins 2010 Pete Guest Award
Well respected bat ecologist awarded the prestigious Pete Guest Award at this year’s National Bat Conference.

August 2010

Have a batty bank holiday weekend!
Take part in bat events near you for European Bat Weekend

Last 2 days to book onto the National Bat Conference 2010!!!
This is the final 2 days you can book your place for this years conference!!!

Appeal for the Bat Helpline reaches half of it's £10,000 target
Thanks to the generous support of over 200 people the Bat Conservation Trust is half way to meeting the target needed to keep the Bat Helpline running

National Bat Conference 2010
Final booking deadline! We have extended the booking deadline for a final time, please book your place by Friday 20 August 2010.

Bigger better Big Bat Map!
The Big Bat Map is back, bigger and better than ever!

July 2010

National Bat Conference 2010, booking extension
We have extended the booking deadline, please ensure you have booked your place at the conference by Friday 13 August 2010!!!

Sunset/Sunrise survey - 24th-25th July 2010
BCT encourages the public to spend an evening watching the sun go down and looking out for bats for the Sunset/ Sunrise survey.

Don't cut the countryside
BCT joins with conservation organisations to warn against damaging cuts to the countryside

June 2010

Bats on film!
Watch Nora, our newest Bat Helpline officer, do her bit for Britain’s bats in BCT’s first ever fundraising video!

New BCT training courses
Dates confirmed for new BCT training courses

BCT response to 'Bear Grylls: Born Survivor'

May 2010

Celebrating life: International Day of Biological Diversity 22nd May 2010!
Go batty for biodiversity!

National Moth Night: Bats and Moths - Sat 15th May
This year’s theme is Bat and Moths so get family and friends involved with celebrating the UK’s nocturnal creatures.

Go Wild for Bats
Amazing opportunity to have fun while helping raise money for bats and threatened species and their habitats!!!

National Bat Conference 2010
Don't forget to book your place at this years conference.....

April 2010

'Spring Into Action' for bats!
Places still available for the bat workers training day in May.

New bat species found in the UK
Alcathoe bat has been identified in the UK for the first time

National Bat Conference 2010
Online booking for the National Bat Conference 2010 is now open.

March 2010

Winners of Beatrix Potter Bat Competition announced
Two budding young writers have won our national writing competition with their versions of a Beatrix Potter’s bat tale, and will have their stories displayed at the Beatrix Potter Gallery.

New BCT course for arborists announced
'How to Use a Fibrescope' course designed as follow-on to current 'Arboriculture and Bats' course.

Vote for the greater horseshoe bat as your Star Species!
The greater horseshoe is vying with four other 'star species' in a poll held as part of National Science & Engineering Week.

February 2010

Bats on the catwalk
A bat-inspired ethical womenswear collection hits the catwalk at London Fashion Week!

Batty Valentine's!
Tell the one you love how much you care with a batty Valentine's e-card.

Current vacancies
BCT is currently recruiting for interns and part-time positions.

New award to recognise younger researchers
BCT is proud to announce the Vincent Weir Scientific Award to reward and encourage research on the conservation biology of bats by younger researchers.

January 2010

2010 training course dates now available

December 2009

Beatrix Potter writing competition
Last chance to enter! Using Beatrix Potter's beautiful bat illustration as your inspiration we want to know how you would start a bat story.

November 2009

Threat of White-nose Syndrome looms over hibernation season
Increased vigilance in UK hibernation sites is vital to protect our bat species from the threat posed by White-nose Syndrome. Find out more, and see how you could help.

October 2009

The truth about vampires
Do bats drink blood? Are there vampires in Transylania? What are bats doing at Halloween?

National Bat Conference 2010
The National Bat Conference 2010 will be held at Loughborough University 10-12 September 2010. Put the date in your diary now!!!

Bat crime trials end in prosecutions
One solicitor and 2 companies have been convicted of crimes against bats this month in two seperate incidents of bat roost destruction.

September 2009

Bat colony moves into Trafalgar Square!
BCT's newest superstar Lisa Hundt champions bats on the Fourth Plinth.

August 2009 named in top fifty wildlife websites!
BCT website given stamp of approval by BBC Countryfile magazine.

Children to write Beatrix Potter’s untold bat tale
The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) is on the hunt for the next Beatrix Potter, as part of an unusual new writing competition based on the beloved author’s unpublished works.

Calling all Bat Detectives
BCT launches the Big Bat Map.

July 2009

Green light for city wildlife project
Green City Bats is launched across Greater London

New BCT Chief Executive announced
Julia Hanmer has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive.

BCT response to the latest SNH bat lyssavirus monitoring results
The Bat Conservation Trust comments on the latest findings from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

June 2009

Judicial Review leads to increased protection of bats
A High Court ruling has strengthened bat protection within the planning system.

May 2009

Land owner fined for destruction of pipistrelle bat roosts
The owner of a piece of land in Quorn, Leicestershire, was convicted of destruction of two pipistrelle bat roosts located under boarding on a small bungalow at Loughborough magistrates court on 18th May 2009.

Chief Executive moving on
Amy Coyte will be leaving her role as Chief Executive at the Bat Conservation Trust in August to work for the BBC Wildlife Fund.

Update on wildlife crimes project
In 2001 the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) embarked on a project to collect data on crimes against bats in the UK.

April 2009

Book your place online for the 2009 National Bat Conference!
The National Bat Conference will take place at the University of York between 18th and 20th September 2009, and we would love to see you there.

March 2009

BCT prepares defences against a deadly threat to bats
BCT urgently needs to raise funds to prepare defences in the worst-case scenario that White-nose Syndrome, the mysterious condition that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats, is discovered in the UK or wider Europe.

BCT welcomes new government wildlife crime priorities
The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) has welcomed news that bats are among animals earmarked top priorities in a strengthened fight against wildlife crime this year.

February 2009

Research to assess effects of micro-turbines on birds and bats
Scientists at the University of Stirling are to conduct the world’s first study into the effects of micro wind turbines on birds and bats.

Bat Conservation Trust on the web
Where to find BCT news, views and bat chat around the web.

Britain’s bats in need of a little love this Valentine’s Day too
Facing imminent new threats and with their natural habitats under increasing pressure, Britain’s bats now need more love than ever, says the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT).

Send a batty e-card from the Bat Conservation Trust website!
Now you can send batty e-cards for all occasions using BCT’s nifty new e-card generator.

December 2008

2009 Training Course Brochure now available
The 2009 Training Brochure is now available to download.

BCT seeks new Trustees
BCT is looking for Trustees for 2009 and beyond to ensure the range of expertise across the board is maintained.

November 2008

BCT developing European white-nose syndrome guidelines
BCT is working to develop European guidelines for white-nose syndrome (WNS), the condition which has been associated with the death of over 100,000 bats in North East USA.

October 2008

It's HALLOWEEN! So where are the scary bats?
Bats are often portrayed as terrifying bloodsucking fiends, particularly around Halloween, but they're really gentle, captivating creatures.

Explore the world of bats with BCT’s new learning and activity pack!
The Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) has released a new learning and activity pack, Explore the World of Bats, to help young people discover the truth about these fascinating mammals.

Experimental EBLV study published online

European Bat Lyssavirus Type 2 confirmed in Daubenton’s Bat

Moths and bats get up close and personal with parliamentarians

September 2008

New Covent Garden Co. goes batty for Halloween - again!
Once again, BCT has teamed up with New Covent Garden Food Co. to raise awareness about bats in the lead up to Halloween.

Bats among Britain's favourite mammals

August 2008

Thousands to Celebrate European Bat Weekend - 30-31 August

July 2008

Volunteer Profile: Michelle Appleby, Trainee, Durham Bat Group

Sunrise-Sunset Survey - Help us count bats!

Vacancy: Communications and Membership Manager (maternity cover)

Book your place online for the 2008 National Bat Conference
The online booking system for this year’s National Bat Conference is now available!

June 2008

Welsh bats get a helping hand from the Heritage Lottery Fund

May 2008

New Welsh project to help lesser horseshoe bat

Bats announced as wildlife indicators

BCT welcomes Natural England Manifesto

BCT Website Relaunched!

Daubenton's bat tests positive for European Bat Lyssavirus type-2

April 2008

Bat Volunteer Profile: Daniel Eva, Chair of the Cornwall Bat Group

Coronation Street Goes Batty!

March 2008

London's bats to get £150k designer home
An innovative project bringing together the best of the arts and the environment has secured the funding needed to build an architect-designed home for bats in London.

BCT named PAW ‘Partner of the Year'
BCT has been awarded ‘Partner of the Year' by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime.

February 2008

Rare bat to be mapped for the first time
One of the UK's rarest mammals - the Bechstein's bat - will be surveyed and monitored under a new BCT project.

Developer hit with £3,500 fine for destroying bat roost
BCT has welcomed the prosecution of property developer P J Livesey Group, which pleaded guilty to illegal damage/destruction of a bat roost.

January 2008

Natural England cuts: no Happy New Year for nature
Fears proposed budget cuts could have a severe impact on biodiversity in the UK.

October 2007

England goes in to ‘bat' with help of Heritage Lottery Fund
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced an award of £596,000 for ‘England Count Bat.'

BCT statement on successful bat crime prosecution
BCT is urging the building sector to be vigilant in protecting bats and their roosts, following the successful prosecution of the owner of a Carmarthen demolition company.

September 2007

New Covent Garden Food Co. goes Batty for Halloween
BCT has teamed up with New Covent Garden Food Co. to raise awareness about bats in the lead up to Halloween.

August 2007

Thousands to Celebrate European Bat Weekend
Thousands of people across the UK will be busy this August Bank Holiday weekend enjoying a host of special batty events taking place to celebrate European Bat Weekend.

Daubenton's bat tests positive for European Bat Lyssavirus type-2
Statement from BCT

July 2007

Bat Conservation Trust launches guidelines on bat surveys

Palace to be explored for bats and moths
The Palace of Westminster will be explored for bats and moths, as part of surveys being held by BCT and Butterfly Conservation.

Baby bats under threat from wet weather

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