Bat conservation India Trust (BCIT) is a non-profit organization which was conceived for the protection of bat species in India by protecting their habitat. Bats inhabit various types of habitats like caves, small crevices, tree holes, old & abandoned buildings, ruins, mines, wells, etc. These habitats are under severe threat with the receding green cover and modernization. Hunting of bats for flesh and alleged medicinal properties, excessive quarrying, demolition of old structures, etc., are but a few of the banes that cloud the future of these flying mammals.
Bats play a major role in the sustenance of eco system in multitude ways which is often unknown to the general public and is marred with negative opinion and belief’s. While insectivorous bats act as best insect cleansers by devouring and keeping them under control. The fruit eating bats on the other hand are the best natural seed dispersal agents and cross pollinators and hence play a vital role in regeneration. Many species of fruiting trees depend on these bats for dispersal and regeneration. Hence it becomes vital to protect these magnificent creatures.
In order to protect and conserve the bats in India we have initiated and conceptualized various projects which include both short term as well as long term approach.
Mission: To preserve and conserve bats and its habitats across India through partnership with communities, scientists, researchers, government and organizations.
Approach towards conservation:
- We are a strong advocate of using scientific methodology and research in implementing conservation measures.
- We view conservation as a long term process and not just as an ad hoc action.
- We believe effective conservation is a collective effort of various experts and participation of communities and organizations.
- We believe that photo and video are powerful media to bring widespread awareness in order to reach common public and to garner support.