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National Bat Monitoring Programme

Bat numbers in the UK have declined dramatically over the last century. You can help to monitor the UK's bats by taking part in 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.

Please see our Privacy Statement setting out how we will handle your personal information. You need to be 16 or over to sign up to take part.

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Surveys   Results and Reports

Training Workshops   Online Training

Many of the surveys require the use of a bat detector and some also require a recording device. We have a limited amount of equipment which we can lend to volunteers, so if you would like to borrow equipment please complete the equipment loan request form

Results from the NBMP are classed as Official Statistics. These statistics have been produced to the high professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

The National Bat Monitoring Programme is run by the Bat Conservation Trust, in partnership with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, and supported and steered by Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, and Scottish Natural Heritage. The NBMP is indebted to all volunteers who contribute data to the programme.

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 of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland Environment Agency. Data are shared on the NBN Atlas.

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