Action: Manage natural water bodies in arid areas to prevent desiccation
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- We found no studies that evaluated the effects of managing natural water bodies in arid areas to prevent desiccation 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.
The availability of water in arid areas is predicted to decrease under future climate change scenarios (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2014). Desert bats depend on these water resources for both drinking and foraging (Razgour et al 2010) and reduced water availability can affect their survival and reproductive success (Adams & Hayes 2008). Studies that experimentally reduced desert pond sizes to simulate predicted water loss due to climate change found reduced bat activity and species richness, particularly for larger, less manoeuverable bat species (Razgour et al 2010, Hall et al 2016).
For evidence relating to artificial water sources, see ‘Habitat restoration and creation – Create artificial water sources’.
Adams R.A. & Hayes M.A. (2008) Water availability and successful lactation by bats as related to climate change in arid regions of western North America. Journal of Animal Ecology, 77, 1115–1121.
Hall L.K., Lambert C.T., Larsen R.T., Knight R.N. & McMillan B.R. (2016) Will climate change leave some desert bat species thirstier than others? Biological Conservation, 201, 284–292.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2014) Climate Change 2014 – Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects: Working Group II Contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: Volume 1: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
Razgour O., Korine C. & Saltz D. (2010) Pond characteristics as determinants of species diversity and community composition in desert bats. Animal Conservation, 13, 505–513.