Bat Conservation Trust

Charity registered in Scotland SC040116

There is a diverse range of work carried out - both on the ground and behind the scenes - to help secure the future of bats in our changing world.

The Bat Conservation Trust supports local bat groups across the UK and over 6000 members. We work with volunteers, scientists, industry and government both locally and nationally on a range of projects. To achieve our vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together, our work focuses on discovering more about bats and how they use the landscape, taking action to protect bats and enhance the landscapes on which they rely, inspiring people about bats and their environment, engaging them in their conservation and strengthen our work by building skills, resources, motivation and understanding.


Current opportunity

BCT operates a National Bat Helpline to provide almost 15 000 enquirers a year with easily accessible and accurate information, including getting injured bats to the care they need. The Helpline’s role in advising and supporting people who come into contact with bats is an important part of BCT’s work towards our vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together. We need your help to provide an excellent service that benefits bat conservation. We are now recruiting volunteers to the Volunteer Bat Care Helpline (VBCH), in which volunteers will answer the bat care calls we receive. You do not need to have prior experience in conservation to volunteer, as full training and support is provided. Anyone who is interested in helping bats is welcome to apply! Volunteering for the Helpline is a great way to get involved in conservation from the comfort of your home, and we consistently receive feedback from volunteers that it is a very rewarding experience. As a volunteer on the VBCH, you will answer calls from members of the public who have found grounded, injured or lost bats. You will provide advice on a range of situations and put bat finders in touch with local bat care volunteers where possible. We are looking for volunteers who are: Comfortable with using IT/the internet Have good record-keeping skills Are willing to speak to members of the public about bats and the work of BCT Willing to spend additional time reading training materials, as ther Closing date for applications is Thursday the 25th of August. Volunteers will be ready to start bat watches on Monday the 12th of September. Volunteers will be ready to start bat watches on Monday the 12th of September. We hope volunteers will sign up to Bat Watches until May 2023 and there is always the option to continue volunteering after May.