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: Grey long-eared bat

Nominated by: Bat Conservation Trust

Conservation status: Globally they are not threatened but in the UK they are very rare indeed (probably less than 1,000 individuals left in the UK).

Why do you love it? You mean apart from being super cute? It is undoubtedly the poster bat of bat conservation and will hopefully win many hearts and minds over, especially for those people who fear and/or misunderstand bats. We really want grey long-eared bats to grow in numbers so they can eat lots more insects and be around for a lot longer so even more people can enjoy their aerial acrobatics as they hunt their insect prey.

What are the threats to the grey long-eared bat? Roost destruction, habitat (foraging) destruction/fragmentation and at the European level, probably climate change.

What are you doing to save it? Over the next five years, BCT’s HLF-funded project will involve working with landowners, communities and volunteers to help grey long-eared bats and many other important species (See:

Find out more about BCT’s work with the grey long-eared bat

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