Social structure of three sympatric bat species (Vespertilionidae)

  • Published source details Park K.J., Masters E. & Altringham J.D. (1998) Social structure of three sympatric bat species (Vespertilionidae). Journal of Zoology, 244, 379-389.


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Provide bat boxes for roosting bats

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  1. Provide bat boxes for roosting bats

    A replicated study in 1976–1993 in a 360 km2 area of mixed woodland near Wareham, UK (Park et al 1998) found a total of 1,662 bats of three species occupying up to 500 bat boxes at 20 sites. The bat species occupying bat boxes included: brown long-eared bats Plecotus auritus (976 bats), common pipistrelles Pipistrellus pipistrellus (355 bats), and Natterer’s bats Myotis nattereri (286 bats). Since 1976, approximately 500 timber bat boxes (10 x 15 x 15 cm internal dimensions) were installed across the study area. At each of 20 sites, three boxes were installed (facing north, southeast, and southwest) on each of six trees 2.5–3 m above the ground. Boxes were checked and bats ringed approximately four times/year in March–October from 1977 to 1993.

    (Summarised by: Anna Berthinussen)

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