Bat Conservation Trust
Bat Conservation Trust
We are the leading NGO solely devoted to the conservation of bats and the landscapes on which they rely. Bats are unique and play a vital role in our environment but during the last century bat populations suffered severe declines. We are working to secure the future of bats in our ever changing world by tackling the threats to bats, from persecution to loss of roosts and changing land use.
Bats are amazing animals, being the only true flying mammal. In the UK we are lucky enough to have 17 species of bats, accounting for more than a quarter of all UK mammal species, so they are a vital part of our native wildlife.
Sadly, our UK bat populations have declined dramatically during the past century, largely due to a loss of natural habitat and roost sites, a decline in the insects they feed on, and public misconceptions about bats.
Since 1991 the Bat Conservation Trust has run a diverse range of projects to conserve bat populations. We are part of one of the most successful conservation movements in the world, supported by a network of members, volunteers, academics and professionals. Bats are now protected by law in Europe, and in the UK some species may already be benefiting from the positive effects of conservation, but we have a long way to go to achieve our vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together.
As the authoritative voice for bat conservation we work locally, nationally, across Europe and internationally to meet our objectives, these are to:
Discover: To ensure scientific evidence is in place to support bat conservation
Act: To secure and enhance bat populations and their resilience in a changing world
Inspire: To win the levels of support required to secure and enhance bat populations
Strengthen: BCT to achieve financial stability and sustainable staff workloads. Staff and volunteers are motivated and well led.
Bat Conservation Trust aims to:
- Discover: To ensure scientific evidence is in place to support bat conservation
- Act: To secure and enhance bat populations and their resilience in a changing world
- Inspire: To win the levels of support required to secure and enhance bat populations
- Strengthen: BCT to achieve financial stability and sustainable staff workloads. Staff and volunteers are motivated and well led.
Established: June 1991
Registered Charity Number: 1012361
Phone number: 0345 1300 228
Address: 250 Kennington Lane SE11 5RDView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website