Retain existing bat commuting routes
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Some bats are highly faithful to their commuting routes. Retaining existing commuting routes (e.g. along hedgerows and treelines) allows bats to access important habitats and resources across the landscape. For an intervention that involves creating new commuting routes, see ‘Habitat restoration and creation – Create new unlit commuting routes using planting’.
To be included as evidence for this intervention, studies must have monitored a comparison, i.e. compared areas where existing bat commuting routes have been kept intact with similar/nearby areas where commuting routes have been removed or otherwise degraded. There must have been an active decision (i.e. intervention) to retain the habitat features used by commuting bats and the study must state when the intervention was carried out.