National Nathusius' Pipistrelle Survey COVID-19 guidance

Updated 1st April 2021

National Nathusius’ Pipistrelle Project (May-October)

At present the National Nathusius' Pipistrelle Project is suspended in line with IUCN guidance on preventing human-to-bat transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the disease COVID-19). We will update our position on this project once any changes to IUCN guidance allow restrictions on non-essential close contact bat surveys to be eased.

The IUCN Bat Specialist Group (BSG) recommends that researchers prioritise activities that are essential to bat conservation, animal health or public health and consider options to delay, replace or reduce non-essential activities.

For more information please see the relevant IUCN guidance at: https://www.iucnbsg.org/. Further information for bat groups was included in the October 2020 edition of the Bat Group Bulletin which can be found here.

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