Restore and manage abandoned orchards for bats
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Restoring and managing traditional orchards (e.g. by pruning and removing undergrowth) may provide a suitable habitat for foraging and roosting bats. For example, a study in Switzerland found more bat species and greater bat foraging activity in traditionally managed sweet chestnut Castanea sativa orchards with a more open structure than in abandoned and unmanaged orchards that had become overgrown with dense vegetation (Obrist et al. 2011).
Obrist M.K., Rathey E., Bontadina F., Martinoli A., Conedera M., Christe P. & Moretti M. (2011) Response of bat species to sylvo-pastoral abandonment. Forest Ecology and Management, 261, 789–798.