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Bat species at risk of extinction


The first official IUCN Red List for British Mammals, produced by the Mammal Society for Natural England, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Natural Heritage (NatureScot) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, shows that four of the 11 mammal species native to Britain classified as being at imminent risk of extinction are bats. These are: greater mouse-eared bat, grey long-eared bat, serotine and barbastelle. A further two species are classified as Near Threatened: Leisler’s bat and Nathusius’ pipistrelle.

While the latest data from the Bat Conservation Trust’s long-standing citizen science project, the National Bat Monitoring Programme, show that populations of the 11 species of bat surveyed appear to be stable or increasing, we know there is still a long way to go before these species recover from huge historical declines. MORE

Header image: Barbastelle. Credit: (c) Hugh Clark.