Bat numbers in the UK have declined dramatically over the last century. You can help to monitor the UK's bats by taking part in our surveys and observing these fascinating mammals in your local area. By monitoring bats we can discover how they are faring and the factors that are important for their survival. The National Bat Monitoring Programme has been running since 1996. It gives us, and government, the information needed to help inform bat conservation.

Getting started

Unsure how and where to begin? It's really easy to get started. Find out how to do your first bat count or make good use of previous experience. You need to be 16 or over to sign up to take part.