Bats without Borders is a not-for-profit organisation working across southern Africa to conserve bat populations and biodiversity by engaging with children, adults, students, researchers, communities, decision makers, conservationists, land managers, agricultural industry and private and public institutions.
Bats are an incredibly important and diverse group of mammals that are still largely misunderstood, feared and persecuted but attitudes are beginning to change....
Bats provide vital ecosystem services that are important for people and ecosystem health. Bats can eat huge quantities of insects, included on their menu are mosquitoes and some important agricultural insect pests (such as stink bugs). In addition to being major insect predators, bats are also important seed disperses and pollinators.
Bats have been declining at alarming rates in the last 20 years globally and in southern Africa so little is known we are unable to monitor population trends. In order to help our important allies we are committed to:
Batty news and events
Huge thank you to the Rufford Foundation for generous funding
July 2019: We are incredibly grateful to have received further support from the Rufford Foundation to carry out fieldwork in Malawi and Zambia later in the year.
The Rufford Foundation is supports conservation efforts in developing countries. The grants are largely targeted towards individuals and the foundation supports a diverse range of research, grassroots initiatives and education.
Capacity building in Malawi
June 2019: Thanks to the University of Stirling and generous funding by the Global Challenges Research Fund we ran a workshop for early career ecologists in Malawi to identify knowledge gaps in biodiversity data, threats and conservation but also skills gaps for early career researchers.