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National Bat Monitoring Programme

Bat numbers in the UK have declined dramatically over the last century. While some species have started to show signs of recovery in recent years, bats still face many threats to their survival so it is vitally important to monitor how our bat populations are faring.

You can help to monitor the UK's bats by taking part in one or more of our surveys and observing these fascinating mammals in your local area. Anyone can take part, from beginners to experts. So find a survey to suit you, sign up today and enjoy being part of the National Bat Monitoring Programme volunteer team. 

Surveys   Results and Reports

Training Workshops   Online Training

The National Bat Monitoring Programme is a partnership between the Bat Conservation Trust, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Defra and Natural Resources Wales and is part of the Tracking Mammals Partnership. Additional funding is provided by Natural England. Bat Conservation Ireland contributes Northern Ireland bat records collated by the Irish Bat Monitoring Programme which is funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). Data are shared on the NBN Gateway.

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State of the UK's bats 2011 (527 KB) - 29/09/11
Summary of UK bat population trends from the National Bat Monitoring Programme

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