Action: Replace netting with non-lethal measures to prevent bats from accessing fruit in orchards
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- We found no studies that evaluated the effects of replacing netting with non-lethal measures to prevent bats from accessing fruit in orchards on bat populations.
‘We found no studies’ means that we have not yet found any studies that have directly evaluated this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
Bats may be injured or killed by entanglement with inappropriately installed nets at fruit orchards. Various non-lethal alternatives have been suggested to prevent bats from accessing fruit in orchards. These include using fixed nets (that prevent entanglement), netting individual trees, planting decoy crops, picking fruit before peak ripeness and deterring bats with light, noise or unpleasant smells and tastes (see Aziz et al. 2016).
Aziz S.A., Olival K.J., Bumrungsri S., Richards G.C. & Racey P.A. (2016) The conflict between Pteropodid bats and fruit growers: species, legislation and mitigation. Pages 377–426 in: Voigt C.C. & Kingston T. (eds.) Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World. Springer International Publishing, Cham.