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.
BCT is able to run the Wales Bat Project through which we work alongside 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 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.