Wildlife Crime Project Officer

Bat Conservation Trust

London (home working negotiable)
£10,400 - £12,000 pro rata (£26,000 - £30,000 FTE)

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.bats.org.uk jobs@bats.org.uk 020 7820 7167 Sian Moore

Reference: WCPO

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Tuesday, 3rd March 2020  

Bats are European Protected Species (EPS) due to their historic decline and vulnerability across Europe; this means they are afforded legal protection that covers individual bats and their roosts. Our Investigations Project has been running for over 15 years, focusing on supporting members of the public, bat ecologists and the police in reducing bat crime, providing support during investigations and offering information to prosecutors where cases are taken to court. Every prosecution is now supported by a BCT Conservation Impact Statement that details the level of conservation impact relating to the species and roosts involved in the case.

Through the project it has become clear that crime against bats most commonly involves roost destruction and disturbance, to which bats are particularly vulnerable, and that fines are variable and sometimes fail to act as a deterrent. Fines have increased over time, thanks to the work of police wildlife crime officers, the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) and BCT.

More recently we have worked collaboratively with other species NGOs to support them in wildlife crime cases involving other species of conservation concern. We have also been working closely with Wildlife and Countryside Link’s Wildlife Crime Group, which has resulted in the production of annual Wildlife Crime Reports.

The key purpose of the Wildlife Crime Project Officer role is:

  • To work with key stakeholders to reduce the level of bat-related crime in the UK and to ensure that, where appropriate, investigations into bat-related crime are effective and sentencing is proportionate.
  • To ensure that bat and wildlife crime is recorded and reported and awareness raised among key stakeholders.

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