The JNCC has a varied role in mammal conservation here in the UK, and internationally within Europe and beyond.

National and International Policy Advice.

There are a number of international treaties whose objectives are to encourage the conservation of mammals and the habitats they use, through national action and international co-operation. The JNCC provides advice and support to the Government in meeting its obligations under the international treaties. The most relevant ones to mammals are:
  • The Habitats Directive has the fundamental purpose of establishing a network of protected areas throughout the European Community designed to maintain both the distribution and abundance of threatened species and habitats. This directive has given rise to a number of Special Areas of Conservation being designated for Annex II species including greater and lesser horseshoe bats, barbastelle bats, Bechstein's bats and otters.
  • The Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats. The first international Agreement devoted to the conservation of bats and the first Agreement of its kind under Article IV of the Bonn Convention. A fundamental obligation of the Agreement is to identify and protect shelter and feeding sites that are important for the conservation status of bats. The JNCC provides scientific advice to DEFRA and in this role attends Meetings of the Parties and of the Scientific Advisory Committee and assists in production of the National Report, which is an update on bat activities carried out in the UK under the Agreement.

Monitoring Mammals across the UK.

A great deal of survey work has been carried out in the past to ascertain the distribution and abundance of a number of UK mammal species. However, as yet we do not have the required information to make an ongoing assessment of the status of all mammal species across the UK. In order to provide this information JNCC and 22 other organisations with varied interests in mammals have formed the Tracking Mammals Partnership.

The UK Red Squirrel Group.

The UKRSG is the Lead Partner for the red squirrel Species Action Plan (SAP) with the main function of co-ordinating the delivery of the red squirrel SAP across the UK.  Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is Secretariat for the UK Red Squirrel Group (UKRSG) and in that role is responsible for ensuring that actions decided by the group are carried out.  See

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The JNCC has published a number of useful reports and manuals on mammals. These include a review of population estimates and conservation status of terrestrial mammals in the UK (A review of British mammals) and a manual for those carrying out bat work under licence from the Country Agencies (CCW, EN, SNH, EHSNI). There are also a number of reports on individual species, including brown hare, otter, pine marten and red squirrel.
The most recent publications are a comprehensive guide and a short leaflet entitled Habitat management for bats . The publications are intended to provide advice to farmers and landowners on how to manage their land to benefit bats.
Safety first with new Bat Workers' Manual
JNCC's new 3rd edition of the Bat Workers' Manual includes revised recommendations on the handling of bats, vaccinations against European Bat Lyssavirus (EBLV), and a list of contact details for finding the latest advice on the subject. Updated information on legislation, and other essential advice, has also been included.
The Bat Workers' Manual has always been one of JNCC's best-selling publications. It provides detailed information on all aspects of bats and is an essential reference manual for anyone wishing to obtain a licence to carry out bat work in the UK.
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