Biodiversity is the variety of all living things. Bats make a substantial contribution to the UK's biodiversity, comprising around one third of all our mammal species (18 species in total, with 17 breeding in the UK). Human activities have increasingly changed the environment we live in resulting in substantial declines in bats and biodiversity, which we would like to see reversed. All of our bats and their roosts are protected by law; this shows that the Government thinks that bat conservation is important.

The Bat Conservation Trust's Biodiversity Team actively promotes bat conservation through its policy and advocacy work. This includes:

1. Promoting bat conservation through partnering with Government Agencies, Statutory Nature Conservation Bodies (SNCBs) and other organisations to deliver conservation action for the UK's bat species.

2. Responding to consultations and carrying out advocacy work in relation to areas of concern for bat conservation.

Our biodiversity work is funded by Natural England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.