10th November 2016

Since the June Brexit referendum , BCT has been working internally and with other NGOs on how best to respond. Over the coming months and years we will be working hard to ensure that the legal protection of bats and their habitats is not weakened as the UK negotiates its exit from the European Union (EU). A central part of BCT's campaign is to mobilise political support to influence government decisions about the UK's post-Brexit environmental policy and legislation.

We need your help and support in influencing the UK Government, and where relevant the Devolved Administrations, in the outcome of Brexit negotiations.

One of the most effective ways we can do this is by collectively sending a strong message to our politicians that existing legal protections must, at the very least, be retained, if not strengthened. This is where we need your help.

We are asking everyone who cares about bats to contact their local MP (details of whom you can find by visiting http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/ ) To help, a template letter is available here: http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/writetoyourrepresentative.html calling on the UK Government to commit to maintaining, if not strengthening, existing levels of legal protection for bats after the UK has left the EU. Asking your local politician to write on your behalf is a very effective way of influencing Ministers - and the more letters we send together the better.

Regardless of how you voted in the referendum, we all share a commitment to the continued protection of bats in UK law. If you could spend a few minutes tailoring the letter to include details relevant to your local area it will make a huge difference.

We would be grateful if you could email a copy of any letters you do send to our Head of Biodiversity, Jan Collins, at jcollins@bats.org.uk. You can also Tweet the following to us @_BCT_ to tell us that you have written - "Today I have written to my local MP to ensure legislation protecting bats is not weakened as a result of Brexit @_BCT_ #batsandbrexit"