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About Us

Leisler's bat on brick wallWe are the leading NGO solely devoted to the conservation of bats and the landscapes on which they rely.

Bats are unique and play a vital role in our environment but during the last century bat populations suffered severe declines. We are working to secure the future of bats in our ever changing world by tackling the threats to bats, from persecution to loss of roosts and changing land use.

Since 1991 the Bat Conservation Trust has run a diverse range of projects to conserve  bat populations. We are part of one of the most successful conservation movements in the world, supported by a network of members, volunteers, academics and professionals. Bats are now protected by law in Europe, and in the UK some species may already be benefitting from the positive effects of conservation, but we have a long way to go to achieve our vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together.

As the authoritative voice for bat conservation we work locally, nationally, across Europe and internationally to meet our objectives, these are to:

  1. Discover: To ensure scientific evidence is in place to support bat conservation 

  2. Act: To secure and enhance bat populations and their resilience in a changing world

  3. Inspire: To win the levels of support required to secure and enhance bat populations

  4. Strengthen: BCT to achieve financial stability and sustainable staff workloads. Staff and volunteers are motivated and well led.

To make this possible we rely on you, so get involved become a member, donate or volunteer for bats.


Bat Conservation Trust is sensitive to the general concerns of supporters and stakeholders regarding ethical issues of fundraising. In order to continue to follow the highest fundraising standards the BCT has signed up to the new Fundraising Regulator and agrees to abide by its rules and regulations. 

To read our Fundrasing Statement in full please click here.

The BCT also has a Complaints Procedure in place which will let you know how to contact the Fundraising Regulator in the event that you feel our fundraising practices are unsatisfactory. You can download it by clicking here.


BCT is committed to upholding the principle that children and vulnerable adults are entitled to protection from physical, sexual and emotional harm and have the right to a safe, positive and enjoyable environment when involved with BCT. We are committed to maintaining a safeguarding policy, the current policy can be viewed HERE

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