The breadth and depth of our work is driven by our vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together. Our work spans discovering more about bats and how they use the landscape, taking practical conservation action and influencing policy to secure bat populations, inspiring and engaging people with bats and bat conservation and strengthen our work by building skills, resources, motivation and understanding.
As the authoritative voice for bat conservation we work locally, nationally, across Europe and internationally with partners, supporters and members to secure bat populations in our ever changing world. BCT achieves a great deal with limited resources. This would not be possible without the dedication and enthusiasm of over 6,000 members, and the sheer volume of conservation work carried out by local bat groups and volunteers. Our objectives are to:
Establish the capacity of the landscape to support viable populations of bats
The more we understand and learn about bats the better we can protect them. Our range of monitoring and conservation research programmes are increasing our understanding of some of the most complex creatures on the planet.
Secure and enhance bat populations to the full capacity of the landscape
We engage in policy and lobbying and are the lead partner for five of the bat species on the UK's list of Priority Species (the UK Biodiversity Action Plan). Our Investigations Project is combatting bat crime, and we promote conservation and creating provision for bats in the built environment.
Win the level of support required to achieve and maintain these bat populations
We want to give everyone, everywhere the chance to be inspired by bats and engage in bat conservation. We run the Bat Helpline (0345 1300 228) giving advice to the public, helping people to understand and protect bats. Our training courses educate professionals who come into contact with bats and we support a network of volunteer batworkers and bat groups.
Bats are the enchanting, unique wildlife on your doorstep and we want to keep them that way. Find out more about how you can get involved.