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 ‘Habitat protection – Retain existing bat commuting routes’.
For an intervention that involves diverting bat commuting routes, see ‘Threat: Transportation - Roads – Divert bats to safe crossing points 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.