Agreement On The Conservation Of Populations Of European Bats (Eurobats)

Posted by Robin Hensley

The United Kingdom ratified EUROBATS in January 1994. All bats and their sticks are protected in the United Kingdom by the provisions of the Wildlife – Countryside Act 1981 (modified) and the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 (modified). Some bat species in the United Kingdom are also listed in Schedule II and all are listed in Schedule IV of the Habitats Directive, as transposed into national legislation by the Habitat and Species Conservation Regulation in 2017 (as amended), conservation (natural habitats, and habitats). Regulations 1994 (amended) (in Scotland) and Conservation (Natural Habitat, c) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1995 (in the amended version). The United Kingdom had designated maternity and wintering areas as Special Conservation Areas (SZZs). Implementation of the UK Biodiversity Action Plan also included measures for a number of bat species and the habitats they support. The overall aim of the agreement is to create a framework for bat conservation for Member States and those who have not yet joined. Under the treaty text, Member States prohibit the intentional capture, custody or killing of bats, except for research purposes requiring special authorisation. In addition, Member States identify important areas for bat protection, examine the status and trends of bat populations and study their migration patterns. Based on the results of these monitoring activities, the agreement develops and reviews recommendations and guidelines implemented by the parties at the national level. The main points of the advisory committee are international oversight and activities. International protection measures for bats must focus on the species that migrate the farthest out of Europe in order to identify and deal with the potential dangers caused by bottleneck situations on their migratory routes.

The Agreement on the Conservation of European Bat Populations (EUROBATS) was concluded in London (United Kingdom) in September 1991 and came into force in January 1994. The title of the agreement makes it clear that biogeographical and non-political boundaries define the area covered by the convention.