Focus on Bats

Wales is home to some of the rarest bats in Britain, the Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats and the Barbastelle Bat are designated under the Natura 2000 network of European protected species

10 sites in Wales have been designated as Special Areas of Conservation as part of the Natura 2000 network to safeguard the habitats of these rare bats, and work is taking place on these sites to manage the habitat and protect the species.

The LIFE Natura 2000 programme has produced costed action plans for every Bat Natura 2000 site in Wales, planning for the future and helping to obtain vital funds for these fascinating mammals.