The rich Welsh landscape provides a diverse range of habitats for 15 of our British bats; the mouse-eared and grey long-eared bats being as far as we know, absent from our fauna.
There are 10 Special Areas of Conservation where bats are either a primary or secondary feature of the SAC and details of the SACs can be found on the JNCC web site.
Read more about Welsh bat fauna as it is currently understood.
Wales Bat Project
Thanks to the support of the Natural Resources Wales, BCT is able to run the Wales Bat Project. through which, we work alongside 17 volunteer Bat Groups in Wales to:
- actively promote greater awareness of bats in Wales
- seek new ways to enable more people in Wales to appreciate and enjoy bats, and get involved in bat conservation;
- help develop the bat volunteer network, by capacity building and facilitating information sharing
- train bat volunteers to take part in bat conservation projects in Wales
- identify and co-coordinate priority projects that focus on local bat conservation work in Wales.
In addition, we run independent projects such as Landscape for Lessers, the Bechstein's Project and Tir Gofal Agri-environment Scheme Monitoring Project which are of particular relevance to Wales.
Urban Bat Survey Project
The Urban Bat Survey project started in 2009 and was piloted across four areas of south Wales: Newport, Cardiff Neath and Swansea.
The main aims of this project are:
- To engage volunteers new to bat conservation
- To increase an awareness and appreciation of bats and to the role of biodiversity science
- To record and map bat activity in the urban environment
- To develop new skills in volunteers so that they can go on to do other types of survey such as the National Bat Monitoring Programme surveys
- To identify areas for further survey and conservation work
In 2010, we moved onto Phase II of the project in south Wales and started a new Phase I project in Clwyd, north Wales.
If you would like to get involved next year then please contact the Wales Officer.
Welsh Language Policy
BCT’s Welsh language scheme has now been approved by the Board of Trustees. In the conduct of its business in Wales, BCT will treat the Welsh and English languages on a basis of equality as far as it is reasonable and practicable to do so.
The following bilingual publications are available, however, we are also making them available for download in English or Welsh versions:
|Bats and the Law||Help Us Count Bats|
|Bats of the World||Living With Bats|
|British Bats||What Bat is That?|
For more information about what's going on in Wales, contact our Wales Officer, or visit our events page.
Wales Office, Swansea Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea, SA1 1RY
Phone: 01269 26 87 68
BCT is a member of Wales Environment Link (WEL) - an active network of environmental Non-Governmental Organisations in Wales and the official link between the eNGO sector and the Welsh Government