Feb 1

We’ve asked conservation organisations around the world to nominate a species that they believe to be overlooked, underappreciated and unloved, and tell us why they think that they deserve a fair share of the limelight, this Valentine’s Day.

Each nominee’s story is featured on the Arkive blog with information on the species, what makes them so special, the conservation organisation that nominated them and how they are working to save them from extinction.

Click the ‘unloved species’ tag above to see all of the nominations and their blogs.

Once you have perused the blogs you can vote for your favourite to help get them into the top ten unloved species and get them the recognition that they truly deserve! Share your favourite with others using the #LoveSpecies hashtag on Twitter and Facebook and tell them why they should vote for them too. Voting closes on February 14th at 23:59 PST (07:59 GMT).

Join us and our conservation partners in celebrating and raising awareness for some of the world’s most unloved species this Valentine’s Day!

Species: Daubenton’s bat

Nominated by: Canal & River Trust

Conservation status: Least Concern, protected in UK under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act and listed as Favourable by JNCC.

Why do you love it? The Daubenton’s bat was historically called the Water Bat, due to its inseparable association with water.  Here at the Trust we feel that our waterways, the canals, rivers and reservoirs that we manage are a real stronghold for this species, and the work we do makes a real difference to their conservation.  They’re also a great bats to watch, and we see them all over the network.

What are the threats to Daubenton’s bat’s? Threats include poor water quality and habitat loss, including the availability of roosts in trees and artificial structures, such as bridges, aqueducts and tunnels, as well as underground hibernation sites.  Also, factors such as current farming practices, like intensification, loss of wetlands and farmland ponds, as well as the increased use of pesticides,

What are you doing to save it? The Trust takes a very proactive and holistic approach to the improvement of the waterways for not only Daubenton’s bats, but a whole array of different species. The canals by their very nature are fantastic green habitat corridors for Daubenton’s, not only allowing them to roost in our historic structures, but also feed over the insect rich waters of our canals, rivers and reservoirs.  Any work that the Trust undertakes requires a full environmental appraisal, which not only looks at the impacts of the works and how it can be mitigated, but also at how our network can be enhanced environmentally through the project.  This is continuing to ensure that Daubenton’s roosts are maintained and new potential sites are created, as well and ensuring that the waterways are insect rich through the increased areas of soft floristically rich fringes and the improvement of water quality ideal for the propagation of insects. The canals are real strongholds for the Daubenton’s bat!

Find out more about the Canal & River Trust’s Great Nature Watch

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