Manage ditches to benefit bats
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Ditches, particularly those with still water, may provide foraging habitats for bats within farmed landscapes. Intensive agriculture can result in loss of ditch biodiversity through activities such as mowing, grazing and the use of fertilizer and pesticides. Management practices that maintain and increase the diversity of invertebrate species within ditches may benefit bats. For studies that may carry out this intervention alongside other interventions to benefit bats on farmland, see ‘Pay farmers to cover the costs of conservation measures (e.g. agri-environment schemes)’.