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Action Synopsis: Bat Conservation About Actions

Create spaces for roosting bats in road/railway bridges and culverts

How is the evidence assessed?
  • Effectiveness
    60%
  • Certainty
    40%
  • Harms
    0%

Source countries

Key messages

  • One study evaluated the effects of creating spaces for roosting bats in road bridges. The study was in the USA.

COMMUNITY RESPONSE (0 STUDIES)

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BEHAVIOUR (1 STUDY)        

  • Use (1 study): One review in the USA found that spaces created in road bridges for roosting bats to replace those lost during bridge works were recolonized by bats in similar or greater numbers to the original roosts at four of eight sites.

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Key messages provide a descriptive index to studies we have found that test this intervention.

Studies are not directly comparable or of equal value. When making decisions based on this evidence, you should consider factors such as study size, study design, reported metrics and relevance of the study to your situation, rather than simply counting the number of studies that support a particular interpretation.

Supporting evidence from individual studies

  1. A review in 2017–2018 of case studies at eight road bridges in California, USA (Harvey & Associates 2019) found that spaces created for roosting bats to replace those lost during bridge works were recolonized by bats in similar or greater numbers to the original roosts at half of the sites. At two sites, ‘add-on’ hanging roost boxes were used by Yuma myotis bats Myotis yumanensis in greater numbers (300 and 1,200 bats) than the original roosts (700 and 4,000 bats). At one site, recessed ‘cast-in place’ elongated roost boxes were used by Mexican free-tailed bats Tadarida brasiliensis in greater numbers (total 82,052 bats) than the original roost (40,000 bats). At another site, concrete ‘Oregon wedge’ panels were used by Mexican free-tailed bats in similar numbers (500 bats) to the original roost (400 bats). At four other sites, roosting spaces (including concrete slabs, concrete or plywood ‘Oregon wedge’ panels, and recessed ‘cast-in place’ elongated roost boxes) were used by 75–99% fewer Mexican free-tailed bats than the original roosts (see original report for details). At all eight sites, roosting spaces were created to replace those lost during bridge works. Counts of bats before and after the works were taken from questionnaires completed by the California Department of Transportation. Field surveys (including daytime inspections, colony and emergence counts) were conducted by the authors in spring and summer 2017 and 2018 after bridge works were complete. Twenty-seven other case studies were reviewed in the report, but numbers of bats before and/or after bridge works were not reported.

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Please cite as:

Berthinussen, A., Richardson O.C. and Altringham J.D. (2021) Bat Conservation: Global Evidence for the Effects of Interventions. Conservation Evidence Series Synopses. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

 

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