Bat boxes - a review of their use and application, past, present and future

  • Published source details Rueegger N. (2016) Bat boxes - a review of their use and application, past, present and future. Acta Chiropterologica, 18, 279-299.


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Provide bat boxes for roosting bats

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Bat Conservation
  1. Provide bat boxes for roosting bats

    A review in 2016 of 109 studies of bat box use from 17 countries across Europe, North America, Australia and Asia (Rueegger 2016) found that 71 bat species were reported to use bat boxes, although only 18 species commonly used boxes and 31 species used boxes as maternity roosts. Bat box design and dimensions varied between studies. Most bat boxes were made of timber, although woodcement was also frequently used in Europe. Sixty-seven of the reviewed studies used bat boxes for research purposes, 42 for bat conservation and one for community education. Twenty-two studies in this review have been summarized individually.

    (Summarised by: Anna Berthinussen)

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