Create new unlit commuting routes using planting
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Linear features such as hedgerows and treelines provide important commuting routes for bats (Limpens & Kapteyn 1991, Verboom & Huitema 1997, Downs & Racey 2006). Where original commuting routes cannot be retained, new unlit commuting routes could be planted. However, it will take a considerable amount of time for hedgerows or trees to become established and sufficiently mature. Existing commuting routes should be retained where possible. See ‘Retain existing bat commuting routes’.
For an intervention that involves diverting bat commuting routes, see ‘Divert bats to safe crossing points over or under roads/railways with plantings or fencing’.
Downs N.C. & Racey P.A. (2006) The use by bats of habitat features in mixed farmland in Scotland. Acta Chiropterologica, 8, 169–185.
Limpens H.J. & Kapteyn K. (1991) Bats, their behaviour and linear landscape elements. Myotis, 29, 39–48.
Verboom B. & Huitema H. (1997) The importance of linear landscape elements for the pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellus and the serotine bat Eptesicus serotinus. Landscape Ecology, 12, 117–125.