18th October 2019

Bat Crime Report released

Today we launch Bat Crime 2018 – our annual report on levels of bat crime recorded, investigated and sometimes prosecuted. 2018 saw the smallest number of allegations of offences against bats being recorded for some years and a significant decrease in the number recorded in 2017. The reasons for this are far from clear, the number of cases in 2019 already surpass the 2018 figures.

Our report looks at why bats are protected and how the police and others deal with allegations of offences. It reveals which police forces deal with the greatest number of allegations and also provides analysis of the information we hold. We look at how each case is investigated and explain the various ways in which they are finalised.


For the latest prosecution see: https://www.bats.org.uk/news/2019/10/man-sentenced-for-destroying-a-bat-roost-in-shaftesbury

To find out more about the Bat Crime Investigations Project: https://www.bats.org.uk/our-work/bearing-witness-for-wildlife/bat-crime