About the project

The Scottish Bat Project was launched in April 2003 with the purpose of engaging more people in bat recording, conservation and education in order to increase the knowledge of bats status and distribution in Scotland as well as tackling the conservation threats.

The project is managed by the Bat Conservation Trust and since it's inception in 2003, has received grant funding from NatureScot (formerly known as Scottish Natural Heritage). Additional funding is received from generous donations made by Scotland's volunteer bat groups.

The aims of the project are to:

  • Promote greater awareness of bats in Scotland
  • Enable more people in Scotland to appreciate and enjoy bats and get involved in bat conservation
  • Develop the network and activities of Scottish Bat Groups
  • Facilitate capacity building and communication between the Scottish Bat Groups
  • Co-ordinate, recruit and train volunteers to take part in bat conservation projects in Scotland
  • Identify and co-ordinate priority projects to focus local bat conservation work in Scotland

Claudia Gebhardt, Scottish Bat Officer

The Scottish Bat Project

Contact Claudia Gebhardt: cgebhardt@bats.org.uk