Habitat Management for Bats: A Guide for Land Managers, Land by Abigail Entwistle

By Abigail Entwistle

Retaining bats is a fancy challenge and up to date learn has exposed new information regarding the place bats feed and the way most sensible to take care of or improve the habitats they like. This guide offers normal tips aimed toward conservation and land administration advisors on coping with those habitats for bats. The guide is split into 2 major elements: common recommendation on dealing with specific habitats to help foraging bats, and precise recommendation on habitat administration to satisfy the desires of every of the sixteen species of bat present in the united kingdom. additionally it is a useful precis of legislation in relation to retaining bats, and a digest of environmental incentive schemes and provide reduction to be had which may without delay or ultimately gain bat habitat administration. it truly is generously illustrated all through with witty unique drawings.

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Enhance links between woodland and any known hibernation sites. Retain old trees in woodland to provide potential roost sites. Pipistrelle Distribution: Widespread Status: Common Summer roosts: Buildings (mainly houses), often in semi-urban areas The pipistrelle is the most common bat in the UK. Key feeding habitats include bankside habitats (particularly lakes, wide rivers and large ponds), parks, broadleaved woodland, hedges, tree lines, and beneath white lighting in towns and villages. Pipistrelles eat mainly flies, often those associated with freshwater habitats.

Brown long-eared bat Distribution: Widespread Status: Common Summer roosts: Houses, other buildings, trees and bat boxes Brown long-eared bats feed by taking insects, generally moths, directly from foliage or other surfaces. Their favoured foraging ground is deciduous woodland within 1-2 km of roost sites. Other feeding areas include coniferous woodland, wet woodland, small groups of trees, woodland edge, garden shrubs, bankside vegetation and parkland with scattered trees. Brown long-eared bats rarely cross open areas and follow hedgerows, tree lines and grassy banks when moving between roosts and foraging sites.

Hutson, A M, Mickleburgh, S P and Mitchell-Jones, A J (1995) Bats underground – a conservation code. The Bat Conservation Trust, London. Provides advice on the conservation of bats roosting in caves, mines and other underground sites. 42 Kirby, P (1992) Habitat management for invertebrates: A practical handbook. JNCC/RSPB, Sandy. Detailed information on how habitats can be managed to favour insect diversity and numbers. Mitchell-Jones, A J (1992) Focus on bats. English Nature, Peterborough. A summary of bat biology, roosting and hibernation, with more detailed advice on helping bats that roost in buildings.

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