Bat Crime Investigations
Bats have a low reproductive rate and are particularly vulnerable to a range of threats. To protect bats against further population declines all UK bats and their roosts are protected by law.
Bats are European Protected Species (EPS) due to their decline and vulnerability across Europe; this means they require legal protection that covers individual bats and their roosts. Bat crime is the second most encountered wildlife crime following raptor persecution. Wildlife crime against bats, is often in the form of roost destruction and disturbance, which is not just devastating for the species directly affected at a local level but also for wider conservation efforts.
BCT works to provide solutions to improve conservation action for bats and those acting to protect them. As ever the Bat Conservation Trust regrets that prosecutions are needed to uphold the legislation that protects bats and their roosts but acknowledges that this is necessary to hold offenders to account for their illegal actions.
If you think that a bat related crime is happening find out what you should do
BCT’s Investigations Project aims are
Recording bat related crime;
Providing support training and advice for the police, SNCOs and bat workers to ensure incidents are reported, investigated, and the law enforced i.e. prosecutions are taken forward where appropriate;
Targeting the groups and sectors that perpetrate bat related crime for education and awareness raising initiatives, such as the production of best practice guidelines to improve work practices;
Improving areas of UK policy, in particular those that relate to planning and species licensing, to reduce opportunities for ignoring the legislative protection given to bats.
Bat Incident Reporting Form
The Bat Conservation Trust needs to know of incidents involving bats or roosts where wildlife legislation may have been breached. This helps us to understand the scale and type of incidents taking place, so that we can more effectively educate and work with the main perpetrators, to try to reduce numbers of similar incidents happening in the future. They will also be followed up. Please let us know of incidents as soon as you become aware of them, and try to use this form so we have the information we need. The information you give will be treated confidentially, and no further action will be taken without your permission.
Data Protection: BCT will use the information you submit only for the purposes of investigating bat-related crimes. BCT will not share this information with any third parties without your prior permission. The information may be published anonymously and in aggregated form for assessing general trends on crime areas, and no incident will be individually identifiable.