We are the leading National NGO solely devoted to the conservation of bats and the landscapes on which they rely. Bats are unique and play a vital role in our environment but during the last century bat populations suffered severe declines. We are working to secure the future of bats in our ever changing world by tackling the threats to bats, from persecution to loss of roosts and changing land use. Since 1991 the Bat Conservation Trust has run a diverse range of projects to conserve bat populations. We are part of one of the most successful conservation movements in the world, supported by a network of members, volunteers, academics and professionals. Bats are now protected by law in Europe, and in the UK some species may already be benefiting from the positive effects of conservation, but we have a long way to go to achieve our vision of a world rich in wildlife where bats and people thrive together.
Beamish is an open air museum which tells the story of life in North East England in the early 1800s, early 1900s and 1940s. The museum is embarking on a 4-year development plan to recreate a north eastern 1950s town, complete with homes, shops, community centre and working cinema, as well as additions to the Georgian landscape including a coaching inn where visitors can stay overnight.