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A selection of news related to EUROBATS and other bat conservation activities.
News items of previous years can be accessed in the Archive.

Conservation of bats during building insulation: results of the international workshop

The online workshop organised by the Czech Bat Conservation Society and Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic was held on 8 December 2021.

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25th International Bat Night - Press release BMU - Schulze: „Fledermäuse brauchen unseren besonderen Schutz“

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) issued a press release (in German) dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the International Bat Night. 

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Survey on pathogen pollution in underground ecosystems

A survey is conducted by an expert group.  Its aim is to quantify the risk humans pose to underground ecosystems (including bats) by unknowingly transporting microbes from one place to another. The survey is anonymous and should take you no more than five minutes. We use “caving” to refer to any activities in natural caves of various origins, as well as mines and other artificial underground sites. Questionnaires are available in English, French, Spanish, Slovenian, Russian and Chinese.

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Nation-wide Noctule census in Germany

The German umbrella association for bat research and conservation called: Bundesverband für Fledermauskunde Deutschland  e.V. has recently asked for participation in the German noctule census. 

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New issues of Plecotus and Hypsugo journals

New issues of two bat periodical are available online.

 Plecotus et al. №23, 2020: see content at  https://zmmu.msu.ru/bats/plecotus/plecot23.

Hypsugo №5(2), 2020: content is online at http://centarzakrs.ba/sismisi/2021/04/15/1894/


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Misconceptions and misinformation about bats and viruses: expert response

A critical response of leading bat experts  to the paper "Bats in ecosystems and their wide spectrum of viral infectious potential threats: SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging viruses" published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. It is shown in the letter to the editor that the paper of Bonilla-Aldana et al. contained multiple critical errors and misrepresentations related to bat taxonomy, ecology, and physiology, and the linkages between bats and specific viruses.

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