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Biodiversity Policy & Advocacy

Brown long-eared bat on a tree (John Altringham)Biodiversity is the variety of all living things. It includes all mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, plants, fungi, bacteria and viruses.

Bats make a substantial contribution to the UK's biodiversity, comprising around one third of all our mammal species. Human activities have increasingly and continue to change the environment we live in resulting in substantial declines in biodiversity.

The Bat Conservation Trust's biodiversity team actively promotes bat conservation through its policy and advocacy work. This includes:

1. Promoting bat conservation through partnering with SNCOs to deliver conservation action for the UK's bat species  

2. Responding to consultations and advocacy the relevant statutory authorities and other organisations in relation to areas of concern for bat conservation.

Protecting our biodiversity   

Throughout the UK, BCT is working to maintain our bat biodiversity. We have 18 species of bat (17 of which are known to be breeding in the UK) and we wish to see the populations of all these conserved and, where possible, enhanced.

All of our bats and their roosts are protected by law. Legislation is one way of maintaining bat biodiversity and shows that the Government thinks that conservation of bats is important.

BCT's Bat Biodiversity Project delivers a whole range of actions in conjunction with the Statutory Nature Conservation Organisations, volunteer bat workers, other environmental charities, sectors of trade and industry and government departments to help ensure that bat biodiversity is maintained. Further details of our work on policy and lobbying can be found on the consultation and lobbying pages.

The work of the Head of Biodiversity is supported by Natural England and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

 Esmee Fairbairn Foundation

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