Wales Bat Project
The rich Welsh landscape provides a diverse range of habitats for 15 of our British bats; the mouse-eared, alcathoe and grey long-eared bats being as far as we know, absent from our fauna.
There are 10 Special Areas of Conservation where bats are either a primary or secondary feature of the SAC and details of the SACs can be found on the JNCC web site.
Whilst BCT does not currently have a dedicated Wales Project Officer we aim to advance bat conservation through supporting 15 volunteer Bat Groups in Wales to:
- work with Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales to ensure bats remain a high profile for nature conservation measures
- actively promote greater awareness of bats in Wales
- seek new ways to enable more people in Wales to appreciate and enjoy bats, and get involved in bat conservation;
- help develop the bat volunteer network, by capacity building and facilitating information sharing
- train bat volunteers to take part in bat conservation projects in Wales
- identify and co-coordinate priority projects that focus on local bat conservation work in Wales.
We seek to further bat conservation through project work such as partnering in Natur am Byth, a multi-organisation multi-taxa green recovery project lead by Natural Resources Wales. With BCT leading on the Swansea Bay Stars of the Night project, to protect the Greater horseshoe bat colony on the Gower peninsular.
We also work alongside Welsh Government, Natural Resources Wales and other environmental NGOs to help ensure that bats and bat conservation are properly taken into consideration when developing policy and legislation.
BCT is a member of Wales Environment Link (WEL) - an active network of environmental Non-Governmental Organisations in Wales and the official link between the eNGO sector and the Welsh Government.