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Bat Workers' Manual (3rd edition) 2004


The third edition of the Bat Workers' Manual covers all aspects of bats, including health & safety, and is an essential manual for anyone wishing to obtain a licence to carry out bat work in the UK. It supersedes the second edition, which was published in 1999.

The third edition was produced just five years after the second edition, due to the death of a bat worker in Scotland from European Bat Lyssavirus (EBLV). This signalled a fundamental change in the way organisations and individuals approach bat work. Taken together with two records of EBLV in Daubenton's bats in England, it was assumed that the virus is present in bats in the UK and that bat-handling practices, and health and safety advice, needed to change.

The third edition of the manual incorporates required changes and includes recommendations on the handling of bats and vaccinations against EBLV. Updated information on legislation, and other advice, has also been included.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Biota

Reference date 2004··

Mitchell-Jones, A.J, & McLeish, A.P. (eds). 2004., 3rd Edition Bat Workers' Manual, JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 1 86107 558 8

Third edition of the Bat Workers' Manual

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·04·17

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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