This page provides links to a wide variety of resources that will be of interest to all bat groups. If you have any questions about these pages please email Colin Morris.

  • IUCN Bat Steering Group (BSG) guidance on COVID-19 and bats - the IUCN BSG convened a global panel of experts to assess the risk of human to bat transmission and to develop appropriate mitigation strategies to protect bats. It is the opinion of the panel that there is a credible risk of human-to-bat transmission of SARS-CoV-2 , but this risk can be reduced using appropriate mitigation strategies. The IUCN BSG has published guidance aimed at bat researchers (published June 2020) and bat rehabilitators (published July 2020). See below for BCT's own guidance for bat rehabilitators.
  • COVID-19 and interacting with wildlife for the purposes surveying and mitigation works - Natural England issued guidance from Defra covering field work (inc. entering bat roosts and handling bats) published 28 May 2020.
  • COVID-19 Good Practice Guidelines for Bat Rehabilitators: Managing Disease Risk (updated 19 May 2020 to provide clarity around face masks) - important information for bat carers providing advice during the COVID-19 pandemic with guidance for managing disease risks from the perspectives of both human and bat health. (It does not replace the existing guidance on rabies risk management.)
  • Good Practice Guidelines on Bats & Rabies (August 2020) - important information for bat groups (including local Helplines), these Guidelines set out important procedures that bat workers should follow. These have been updated to include changes to the way the Helpline handles rabies risk management enquiries. A summary document explains how the Helpline deals with rabies related calls and enquiries (March 2019). There is a separate document specifically about wearing gloves when handling bats (updated August 2020). We have also produced some additional guidance for rehabilitators - Supplement to Good Practice Guidelines for rehabilitators: Managing disease risk (updated August 2020). The Bats and rabies: Frequently asked questions for bat handlers (updated August 2020) may be useful in answering some of your questions. Finally Public Health England have produced a leaflet aimed at GPs and the public: Bat contact and rabies risk available to download from the GOV.UK website and Health Protection Scotland have produced their own version available from their website.
  • Bat Care Guidelines - the second edition of the Bat Care Guidelines is now available (you just need to provide a few details about yourself) and printed copies have been sent to all bat carers on the BCT at Care Network.
  • Mealworm Allergy Information for Bat Carers - It has been shown that some people who work with insects such as mealworms can develop allergic reactions. This document provides information and good practice guidance for bat carers on how to reduce that risk.
  • Bat Group Bulletins - a rolling 12-months of back issues of the Bulletin (now including the latest edition on the same day it is circulated to bat groups). Back issues of the Special Edition Bulletins sent to bat groups are also available.
  • Identifying local sources of funding - suggestions for organisations that might provide funding for bat group projects and links to other sources of suggestions of potential funders.
  • Insurance - details of insurance cover provided through BCT, finding landowner details, example risk assessments and alternative sources of cover.
  • Ordering leaflets - visit this page to see the leaflets we have available and to place an order.
  • Data protection - information about the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), including a set of Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Bats for All resource pack - resources for organising a range of community events for different groups.
  • Establishing and Formalising a Group - information on defining roles, producing a development plan and charity registration.
  • Accessing Journal Papers - information on how to get access to research articles and papers that your group may be interested in.
  • Bat Worker Forum - details of the annual forum, which is open to all bat enthusiasts. This includes the terms of reference for the meeting, an example agenda and minutes from the last forum.
  • Representation in BCT - for details of how members of your group can share their views with BCT, irrespective of which relationship category the group has opted for.
  • Pete Guest Award - details of the award given in memory of Pete Guest who was an inspirational figure in the bat conservation movement for more than 20 years. Each year, the bat world is invited to nominate individuals who have made an outstanding practical contribution to bat conservation.
  • Bat Workers Manual - although this has not been updated since 2004 (3rd edition) and so is out of date in places (e.g. in relation to licensing), it remains essential reading.
  • Useful Natural England links - contacts for licensing enquiries and web pages on licensing, general bat pages and information for Volunteer Bat Roost Visitors.
  • Complaints Procedure for bat groups - If you have a complaint, it is always best to speak to the BCT employee concerned in the first instance. Our staff will welcome the opportunity to discuss, and work towards resolving, any concerns you may have. However, the response does not satisfy the group, please see our complaints procedure for details of how to proceed.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Partner and Network relationships with BCT
  • Generic Partner Agreement and appendices (including details of the optional insurance policy)
  • Generic Network Agreement and appendices (including details of the optional insurance policy)