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North Bucks Bat Group (NBBG) exists to promote bat conservation in Aylesbury Vale, Milton Keynes and Chiltern Hills through recording, monitoring, education work, practical conservation and by advising the public. NBBG works in partnership with the Bat Conservation Trust and in collaboration with other bat groups.
If you want to join in with our activities, tell us about your bats or are after bat-related information, please contact the committee by email on email@example.com.
For records requests, please contact us at the following address. Please note that we request a donation for this service.
- Records requests : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 gave legal protection to bats and their roosts. In order to monitor the effect on the bat population and to make the public aware of the new legislation, Bat Groups were formed all over the country. Several attempts to found a Bat Group in the Milton Keynes area in the 1980s proved unsuccessful.
The passing of the Countryside and Rights Of Way Act in 2000 caused this to be reviewed again. Aylesbury Vale District Council identified a lack of trained bat workers in their District and Milton Keynes. With the aid of some seed-funding from Natural England, they started up the voluntary "Parish Bat Warden" scheme in 2001/2002, with the aim of providing a trained bat worker in each parish within the Vale.
In 2003, the Volunteer Bat Wardens decided to break the link with the District Council and form an independent group, with a formal constitution and committee affiliated to the Bat Conservation Trust. In 2010, this affiliation became a formal partnership.
North Bucks Bat Group is run entirely by volunteers and relies on donations and grants to funds its activities.