The numbers of the 34 bat species present on French territory have strongly decreased during the 20th century. Today, they are all protected by French legislation.


Bats are mainly threatened by human activities, which have lead to changes in agricultural practices and to the loss of their habitat (urbanization, light pollution, the regrouping of lands, pesticides…).

25 bat species are present in the Val-de-Loire region and 40% of them are vulnerable.

Conservation actions

Beauval Nature supports the « Sauve-Chiro » project, led by the « Comité Départemental de la Protection de la Nature et de l’Environnement » (the Local Committee for the Protection of Nature and Environment) (CDPNE). This program studies bats since 2015 in order to:

increase knowledge about bat populations in the Loir-et-Cher department and provide census of the different populations, carry on education programs for the protection of bat species, develop the cohabitation between bats and humans thanks to the construction of bat homes.

For this purpose, the program has developed a collaborative platform in order to involve the local communities. Since its launching, 70 new bat localisation points have been identified, 379 bats have been observed, 85 nocturnal listening points have been done and more than 400 persons have participated in bat education programs.

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