bats in the anthropocene
The Bat Conservation Research Lab uses applied research, conservation and public education to conserve bat populations which are subject to increasing pressure from human activities. We work in partnership with a variety of government and industry stakeholders to ensure our work is mainstreamed into conservation management and planning including North Somerset Council, Natural England, the Institute of Lighting Engineers, TRT Lighting, The Department of National Parks and Wildlife Malawi, Bunda University and Lilongwe City Council.
We work closely with partners to conduct applied research to provide evidence based solutions for conservation management both inside and outside protected areas. We work across a range of themes in conservation with an overarching goal of understanding the responses of bats to global environmental change.
Partnerships for change
Developing tools for biodiversity friendly planning
Through our research and through our citizen science project, the North Somerset Bat Survey, we are working closely with North Somerset Council to develop a suite of modelling tools to ensure bat data are fed into the planning and land management processes at the county level.
This project is being fed into the current changes in legislation for bats in England by working closely with Natural England.
Building evidence to inform bat friendly tunnel management
Our work on bats in tunnels is being conducted in close partnership with tunnel stakeholders, the government (Natural England) and industry to ensure we can develop guidance and advice to inform future developments affecting bats in tunnels.