Bats are fascinating animals – the only true flying mammal. There are over 1,100 species of bats in the world, and more are still being discovered. Bats account for more than a quarter of mammal species in the UK and around 20% of all mammal species worldwide.
Bats play an essential part in the natural world and are indicators of a healthy environment. Their future is directly linked to our quality of life and the quality of our environment.
Approximately 25% of the world's bats are threatened with extinction. A least 12 bat species in the world, such as the Puerto Rican flower bat, have already become extinct. In the UK, bats face threats ranging from predation to crime and loss of habitat. UK bats and their roosts are protected by law.