5.8.2 Uses Rabies surveillance Specimens can be submitted to the Veterinary Laboratories Agency as part of the programme to monitor for European Bat Lyssavirus. (see Chapters and 9). All dead bats should be sent there unless they are needed for any other specific purpose. Museums National, county or local museums and other institutes maybe very grateful for well-documented specimens, and such institutions will be best equipped to preserve specimens for posterity. Exhibitions Good, well preserved specimens maybe useful for exhibition. Generally even the best-preserved specimens maintain little of the character of live bats and photographs are better, but an actual specimen can demonstrate size, fur texture and other features. Demonstration For the more seriously interested audience, even badly preserved specimens can be useful as aids to identification and the understanding of bat structure.