Bat Research Papers, Reports and Other Publications

Please note we normally only include bat related articles, reports and blogs in this section where they are available to read online or to download without charge. Exceptionally we do include details of papers or other items where we think they will be of particular interest but where only abstracts or summary information is available, but we will include a note of that in the text about the article.  For more information about how to access journal papers see the BCT website at:

Experimentally comparing the attractiveness of domestic lights to insects: Do LEDs attract fewer insects than conventional light types?  – Published in Ecology and Evolution, the full paper can be read or downloaded at:

Environmental and spatial drivers of taxonomic, functional, and phylogenetic characteristics of bat communities in human-modified landscapes – investigating aspects of bat communities in a human-modified landscape in Costa Rica, this paper by Cisneros et al is available at:

Using bats to monitor invasive insects – not a paper yet but an interesting article and TED talk from researchers in the US, looking at DNA from bat droppings to identify invasive insects. Article can be read at: and the TED talk is online at:

Unveiling the Hidden Bat Diversity of a Neotropical Montane Forest – Chaverri et al studied bats in mountain regions of Central America, areas under threat from climate change but where bat species had been poorly studied. The full paper is available online at:

First Direct Evidence of Long-distance Seasonal Movements and Hibernation in a Migratory Bat – study investigating the movements of hoary bats (Lasiurus cinereus) in North America using GPS tags and data loggers. The full paper is available at:

Activity pattern and fat accumulation strategy of the Natterer’s bat (Vespertilionidae, Chiroptera) swarming population indicate the exact time of male mating effort – Kohyt et al  studied Natterer’s bats in Poland, investigating the interactions between the sexes and fat accumulation for hibernation. Read the full paper online at:

Guidelines for Rescue Centres – not bat specific but the British Veterinary Zoological Society has published guidelines aimed at offering support to veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and wildlife rehabilitators, in order to promote and achieve the best possible care and welfare for indigenous British wild animals in accordance with UK law. The Guidelines can be found at:

Evaluating the Effectiveness of Wildlife Detection and Observation Technologies at a Solar Power Tower Facility – Solar power towers produce electrical energy from sunlight at an industrial scale. Little is known about the effects of this technology on flying animals (inc. bats). The paper in PLOS ONE by Diehl et al is available online at

MMU Blog Post – the Bat Research Group at Manchester Metropolitan University have written a blog based on their attendance at the National Bat Conference this year. They are also still calling for bat carers to send photos of wing tears and receive swab kits. Read the full blog at:

Bat Bridge Blog Post – NEXT Architects have written a blog for us about their bridge for people and bats in the Netherlands. You can read the full blog at: