BatLife Europe is an international non-governmental conservation organisation built from a partnership of national bat conservation organisations that are committed to promoting the conservation of all bat species and their habitats throughout Europe. We are currently being registered as a charity in the UK.
The founding partners of BatLife Europe are the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT), the Dutch Mammal Society (DMS), Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), Romanian Bat Protection Association (RBPA), Stiftung Fledermaus and Société Française pour l' Étude et la Protection des Mammifères (SFEPM), and we are working to expand the partnership to include many more European organisations.
The founding trustees are responsible for setting up BatLife Europe and recruiting potential trustees for election by Partner Organisations.
History of BatLife Europe
The idea of BatLife Europe was first proposed by the IUCN Chiroptera
Specialist Group at the European Bat Research Symposium in Le Havre in
Then, at the 11th meeting of the EUROBATS Advisory Committee in Luxembourg in 2006, it was agreed that the work of the many European NGOs committed to bat conservation would be enhanced by trans-boundary communication and coordination.
The Bat Conservation Trust was invited to establish BatLife Europe and accepted.
BatLife Europe has a membership of partner conservation organisations, each representing and working in partnership with BatLife Europe in its own
A Board of Trustees is responsible for setting the strategic direction,
management and reporting progress. Trustees are unpaid and are elected at Partnership meetings.
The founding trustees were responsible for setting up BatLife Europe and recruiting potential trustees for election by Partner Organisations.
Thank you to Tony Hutson, Peter Lina and Professor Paul Racey for all of the
work they put into the development of BatLife Europe.
Greater mouse eared bats in a Slovakian church (© P Briggs)
Arborists Training Course (© Bat Conservation Trust)