8th August 2012

Roost awardsThe Bat Conservation Trust is proud to introduce a new annual award to encourage and recognise best practice in bat roost enhancement and creation. Roost Awards will be made to project sites to recognise the teams behind successful bat roost design. If you were involved in a project that designed and developed a bat roost either for enhancement or mitigation then please submit your case study onto Roost* - the bat roost creation and enhancement web resource, via the online case study form - by 12pm on 24th August 2012. All case studies submitted and accepted on to Roost by the deadline will be considered for the Roost Award 2012.

Submissions can be from anyone involved in a design of effective bat roost enhancement and mitigation including architects, consultants, developers and clients, provided that they have agreement from the relevant parties concerned.

Case studies will be judged by a panel of bat conservation experts including Tony Mitchell-Jones, Tony Hutson, Henry Schofield and BCT staff. The winners will be announced at the National Bat Conference at the University of York on Saturday 15th September 2012. There will be one award for an Enhancement case study and one award for a Mitigation case study.

Winners will receive:

  • The inaugural prestigious Roost Award
  • Inclusion in press release
  • Project awarded the title "Winner of the Bat Conservation Trust Roost Award for Mitigation 2012". Or Winner of the Bat conservation Trust Roost Award for Enhancement 2012".
  • Opportunity to present a poster at the National Bat Conference 2012

The criteria for the award:

  • Case studies must be uploaded to Roost by 12pm 24th August 2012
  • Must demonstrate bat roost mitigation or enhancement at a site in the UK.
  • Must be carried out or overseen by a licenced bat worker.
  • Must demonstrate understanding and application of best practice as outlined in the Bat Mitigation Guidelines and Roost.
  • Must have evidence of successful uptake by bats.

Winning entries will be at the judges' discretion. BCT reserves the right not to make an award in the event of insufficient qualifying entries in any year

For any queries please contact Kelly Gunnell

* Roost is the web resource developed by the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) to share information on bat roost mitigation, compensation and enhancement techniques. The site aims to provide accessible information to support those involved in applied bat conservation and development. The site is particularly useful for those involved in projects which require mitigation for loss of bat roosts, and for those who wish to provide additional resources for bats in buildings.

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