Action: Replace or improve habitat for bats around roads
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- We found no studies that evaluated the effects of replacing or improving habitat around roads on bat populations.
‘We found no studies’ means that we have not yet found any studies that have directly evaluated this action during our systematic journal and report searches. Therefore we have been unable to assess whether or not the action is effective or has any harmful impacts. Please get in touch if you know of such a study for this action.
There is evidence that the effect of a road on bat diversity is reduced in better quality bat habitat (Berthinussen & Altringham 2012). Replacing lost habitat and improving habitat quality (for example by planting trees, hedges, woodland or creating wetlands) around roads may reduce the negative impact on bats.
For interventions relating to more general habitat improvements, see ‘Habitat restoration and creation’
Berthinussen A. & Altringham J. (2012) The effect of a major road on bat activity and diversity. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49, 82–89.