Retain connectivity between habitat patches
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Habitat destruction and fragmentation are important factors in the decline of bat populations. Retaining linear habitat features and corridors of native vegetation between suitable habitat patches may help to maintain bat populations (e.g. Frey-Ehrenbold et al. 2013, Heim et al. 2015).
To be included as evidence for this intervention, studies must have monitored a comparison, i.e. compared areas where connectivity between habitat patches has been kept intact with similar/nearby areas where connectivity has been removed or otherwise degraded. There must have been an active decision (i.e. intervention) to retain the connecting features and the study must state when the intervention was carried out.
For similar interventions, see ‘Retain existing bat commuting routes’ and ‘Habitat restoration and creation – Restore or create linear habitat features/green corridors’.
Frey-Ehrenbold A., Bontadina F., Arlettaz R. & Obrist M.K. (2013) Landscape connectivity, habitat structure and activity of bat guilds in farmland-dominated matrices. Journal of Applied Ecology, 50, 252–261.
Heim O., Treitler J.T., Tschapka M., Knörnschild M. & Jung K. (2015) The importance of landscape elements for bat activity and species richness in agricultural areas. PLOS ONE, 10, e0134443.