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If you enjoy looking for bats or have bats in your house  you might like to take part in a bat survey to help monitor Scotland's bat populations.


 illustration showing change in number of bat species from North E to SW of Scotland  There are 17 types of bat which breed in the UK and  ten of these occur in Scotland. The number of species increases the further south and west you go.  Only one species breeds in the windswept Orkney Islands while ten species enjoy the gentler climate of Dumfries and Galloway. 

The Scottish Bat Project started in April 2003.  The project is grant aided by Scottish Natural Heritage and managed by the Bat Conservation Trust.  Match funding has come from a variety of sources including generous donations from Scottish Bat Groups.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Promote greater awareness of bats in Scotland
  • Enable more people in Scotland to appreciate and enjoy bats and get involved in bat conservation
  • Develop the network and activities of Scottish Bat Groups, capacity build and share ideas between groups
  • Co-ordinate, recruit and train volunteers to take part in bat conservation projects in Scotland
  • Identify and, as appropriate, co-ordinate priority projects to focus local bat conservation work in Scotland

The project officer is Elisabeth Ferrell. 

Bat Conservation Trust 
Balallan House,

24 Allan Park



Tel: 01786 822107

Mobile: 07928 329602


Useful links:

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Bats in Scotland


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Bats in Scotland (4 MB) - 06/03/12
8 page colour brochure, general interest 4MB
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