The Investigations Project has been working to prevent bat crime since its inception in 2001 as a collaboration between RSPB and the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT). Since then, the Investigations Project has developed and is now based wholly within BCT, supported by bat groups and BCT staff. A part-time Investigations Officer Pete Charleston has led the project since 2010. We have two exciting bits of news regarding the project that we would like to update you on:
1. The 2015 Bat Crime report is now available to download from HERE. This report provides an update on the progress made throughout 2015 during which we have continued to work closely with the National Wildlife Crime Unit. As part of the project, Pete Charleston has provided training for those charged with delivering the legal protection offered to bats; This has included wildlife crime officers and prosecutors. In 2015 BCT made 133 referrals to the police, a substantial decrease on the 2014 total of 159 although the number of referrals is much in line with the 2010 – 2015 average. Please do download the report to find out more and read about some important case studies from 2015.
2. The project, now named “Bearing Witness for Wildlife Crime”, has received funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation for the next three years, alongside a new Mitigation Project. This milestone has been achieved thanks to the ongoing financial support of bat groups, trusts/grants as well as donations from BCT members and supporters. We want to thank everyone for this who has brought the project to where it is today.
The project will continue to be led by Pete Charleston in his role as Conservation Wildlife Crime Officer. Looking ahead, we will of course continue to work closely with bat groups in order to enable the project to tackle the crucially important issue of bat related wildlife crime.
We will continue to keep you updated with progress but for now we would once again like to say thank you to everyone who has contributed and supported our efforts on this important front.
More information about Bat Crime Investigations: http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/bat_crime_investigations.html
To contribute to the work of the Bat Conservation Trust: http://www.bats.org.uk/pages/get_involved.html
Contact: Joe Nunez at email@example.com or 0207 820 7183 for more information, images and interviews.
Lincolnshire Bat Group Annual General Meeting
Admiral Rodney Hotel, Horncastle
Monday March 6th 2017 at 8.00p.m
This study demonstrates that with sympathetic management, non-native conifer plantations may have an important role in maintaining and supporting bat populations, particularly for Pipistrellus spp.
Full details can be downloaded at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0006320716308461
- Many studies have demonstrated active avoidance by bats of non-native conifer plantations.
- We found a wide range of bat species using Sitka Spruce plantations, particularly Pipistrellus species.
- A high proportion of the Pipistrellus spp. captured were lactating females.
- Responses to local and landscape-scale habitat characteristics differed between species and foraging guilds.
- Increasing roost provision and maintaining thinning should benefit bat populations in plantations.
Commercial plantations are primarily managed for timber production, and are frequently considered poor for biodiversity, particularly for mammalian species. Bats, which constitute one fifth of mammal species worldwide, have undergone large declines throughout Europe, most likely due to widespread habitat loss and degradation. Bat use of modified landscapes such as urban or agricultural environments has been relatively well studied, however, intensively managed plantations have received less attention, particularly in Europe. We assessed three of the largest, most intensively managed plantations in the UK for the occurrence of bats, activity levels and relative abundance in response to environmental characteristics at multiple spatial scales, using an information theoretic approach. We recorded or captured nine species; Pipistrellus pipistrellus and P. pygmaeus were the most commonly recorded species on acoustic detectors and female P. pygmaeus were the most commonly captured. The influence of environmental characteristics on bat activity varied by species or genus, although all bat species avoided dense stands. Occurrence and activity of clutter and edge adapted species were associated with lower stand densities and more heterogeneous landscapes whereas open adapted bats were more likely to be recorded at felled stands and less likely in areas that were predominantly mature conifer woodland. In addition, despite morphological similarities, P. pipstrellus and P. pygmaeus were found foraging in different parts of the plantation. This study demonstrates that with sympathetic management, non-native conifer plantations may have an important role in maintaining and supporting bat populations, particularly for Pipistrellus spp.
This project looked at a sample of cases where SNH has licensed the damage or destruction, under licence, of bat maternity roosts for development purposes. In each such instance the licence requires that measures are incorporated into the final development to compensate for this damage or loss. The success or otherwise of these features, including whether or not bats used these features was assessed. Factors affecting the likelihood of success are discussed.
Format : 55 pages; 1.07MB
Published in 2016
The 2017 Hibernation Survey dates have all be uploaded to the LBG meetings page. See the meetings page for details.
There are limited places on all hibernation counts, please contact the organisers directly to book on.
Many thanks to those that helped with the church clean on Saturday, we managed to get a lot done, though there is still a bit to do. With this in mind I am hoping to organise another day (it may only need to be a half-day) to finish the odd bits off we didn’t get round to. This will be on Tuesday 22nd. If you are able to help, can you please let Ian know,