The Project titled „Protection of endangered bat species within the framework of the Natura 2000 network in the Podkarpackie Voivodeship” aims at protection of endangered bat species that are under protection in the Natura 2000 sites in which the Project measures have been intended to be implemented.

The protection measures, that aim at safeguarding the summer bat colonies and winter bat shelters, arise from the Protection Measure Plans adopted for the purpose of protecting those areas. The protection measures under the Project are essential for preservation of the summer bat colonies and winter bat shelters in the area of the Podkarpackie Voivodeship. The counting procedures, that had been carried out in the period of 2013–2015 for the purpose of developing the Protection Measure Plans for the Natura 2000 sites such as the Church in Równe, the Church in Skalnik and Rymanów, indicated a substantial decline in the number of bats in the sacred objects located in the aforementioned Natura 2000 sites. The decline has also been reported in the number of bats wintering in bunkers of the so called Molotov Line, situated in Horyniec and Uroczyska Roztocza Wschodniego Natura 2000 sites.