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Guidance for professionals

Guidance for professionals

The Bat Conservation Trust encourages people working with bats, or those who might come into contact with bats or their roosts during their daily lives, to follow good practice.

We have worked with organisations and individuals across many sectors to develop a range of guidance to help you conduct your business or perform your work with consideration for bats.

Bat Surveys for Professional Ecologists: Good Practice Guidelines 3rd edition

Survey Guidelines 3rd edition cover


These guidelines are a key reference for professional ecologists working with bats. Click on the image to the left to view a non-printable pdf. Hard copies are available from NHBS for £29.99 and BCT members receive a 20% discount.  




Bat Care Guidelines: A Guide to Bat Care for Rehabilitators


This is the second edition of the guidelines which was published in September 2016. These guidelines  provide veterinary practices and new rehabilitators with practical advice that can be used when treating bats brought into their care. The guidelines contain basic information on all aspects of a bat's rehabilitation and refer the reader to further sources for a more detailed explanation. 

If you are a veterinary practice or a new rehabilitator and would like a copy of the guidelines please click here or email Laura Brown, stating your reason for wanting to receive a copy of the guidelines.

Landscape and Urban Design for Bats and Biodiversity

Available in hardcopy from NHBS or as a non-printable download our new guide presents simple but effective measures designers, ecological consultants, developers and planners can use to enhance biodiversity on sites of all sizes with a focus on bats. Written, edited and reviewed by experts and practitioners the content covers landscape design features such as urban woodlands, trees, urban wetlands, green roofs, walls, linear features, eco-passages and lighting from a bat ecology perspective. It also includes a useful plant species list categorised by features such as rain gardens, green roofs, living walls and bed and borders based on plants that provide benefit to bats.

Invertebrate Trapping for Bat Rehabilitation

Developed by BCT, in consultation with Natural England, CCW, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), local bat group members, Butterfly Conservation, Buglife and the Amateur Entomological Society. Download Invertebrate Trapping for Bat Rehabilitation

Woodland Management for Bats CoverWoodland Management for Bats

Aimed at anyone who owns or manages trees. It is applicable to wooded landscapes such as parks, large estates, National Parks, woodland reserves and commercial forests managed for timber, tourism or game. Published by the Forestry Commission for England and Wales, in partnership with BCT, CCW and English Nature (Natural England). Woodland Management for Bats

Bats and Lighting in the UK

Produced by BCT in partnership with the Institution of Lighting Engineers (ILE), this document is suitable for both bat workers and lighting engineers. Bats and Lighting in the UK

Specialist Support Series

Bats in Bridges

Bats and Buildings

Bats, Development and Planning in England

Bats and Pest Control

Bats and Trees in England

Bats Underground

Bats and the Law

Bats and the Law - Handy quick reference guide for batworkers  

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Woodland Management for Bats (4 MB) - 01/01/05
A good practice guide published by the Forestry Commission for England and Wales in partnership with BCT, CCW and English Nature (Natural England)

Bat Surveys: Good Practice Guidelines, 2nd edition (2 MB) - 29/03/12
The essential reference and guide for anyone involved in professional bat work. Authored by professionals the Guidelines draws on the latest evidence and best practice. This 2nd edition features new chapters and content, with revised advice and guidance

Landscape and urban design for bats and biodiversity (3 MB) - 13/09/12
For landscape architects and all those involved in design and provision of urban environments this guide provides information and examples on designing for bats and the insect on which they feed. Demonstrating that design for bats is multifunctional, enhances wildlife and a wide range of ecosystems and enriches landscapes.

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