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Action: Retain forested corridors in logged areas Bat Conservation

Key messages

  • Three studies evaluated the effects of retaining forested corridors in logged areas on bat populations. The three studies were in the USA.

COMMUNITY RESPONSE (0 STUDIES)

POPULATION RESPONSE (1 STUDY)

  • Abundance (1 studies): One replicated, site comparison study in the USA found that bat activity (relative abundance) was significantly higher along the edges of forested corridors than in corridor interiors or in adjacent logged stands, which had similar activity levels.

USAGE (2 STUDIES)  

Supporting evidence from individual studies

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A replicated, site comparison study in 2003–2006 of 27 radiotracked Seminole bats Lasiurus seminolus in loblolly pine Pinus taeda plantations in South Carolina, USA (Hein et al 2008) found that forested corridors had more Seminole bat roosts than logged mid-rotation tree stands or mature forest. More male and female Seminole bat roosts were in forested corridors (male bats: 25 roosts, 61%; female bats: 31 roosts, 63%) than in logged mid-rotation stands (male bats: 14 roosts, 34%; female bats: 14 roosts, 29%) or mature forest (male bats: 2 roosts, 5%; female bats: 4 roosts, 8%). Distance to the nearest forested corridor was also negatively related to roost site selection (data reported as statistical model results). The study area (41,365 ha) was intensively managed for pine production. Mid-rotation logged stands were 12–22 years old. Forested corridors (100–200 m wide) consisted of mature pine (>23 years old) and/or mixed hardwood (>50 years old). Bats were caught with mist nets at nine ponds in open habitat from May–August in 2003–2006. Twenty-seven adult Seminole bats (10 males, 17 females) were tracked to 90 day roosts in the canopy of live pine trees.

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A replicated, site comparison study in 2003–2006 of 53 radiotracked evening bats Nycticeius humeralis in loblolly pine Pinus taeda plantations in South Carolina, USA (Hein et al 2009) found that forested corridors had more male but fewer female evening bat roosts than logged mid-rotation tree stands. More male but fewer female evening bat roosts were in forested corridors (male: 12 roosts, 39%; female: eight roosts, 18%) than in logged mid-rotation stands (male: six roosts, 19%; female: nine roosts, 21%). The greatest number of roosts were in mature forest (male: 13 roosts, 42%; female: 27 roosts, 61%). Distance to the nearest forested corridor was negatively related to roost site selection in male bats but not females (data reported as statistical model results). The study area (41,365 ha) was intensively managed for pine production. Mid-rotation logged stands were 12–22 years old. Forested corridors (100–200 m wide) consisted of mature pine (>23 years old) and/or mixed hardwood (>50 years old). Bats were caught with mist nets at nine ponds in open habitat from May–August in 2003–2006. Fifty-three adult evening bats (26 males, 27 females) were tracked to 75 day roosts in trees.

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A replicated, paired sites study in 2004–2005 in 32 pairs of forested corridors and logged loblolly pine Pinus taeda stands in South Carolina, USA (Hein et al 2009) found that forested corridor edges had higher overall bat activity than corridor interiors or adjacent logged tree stands. Higher bat activity was recorded along forested corridor edges (54 bat passes/detector/night) than in corridor interiors (7 bat passes/detector/night) or in adjacent logged stands (12 bat passes/detector/night). Six bat species were recorded in total (see original reference for data for individual species). The study area (41,365 ha) was intensively managed for pine production. Thirty-two forested corridors (100–200 m wide) were paired with adjacent logged stands of a similar age. At each of 32 pairs of sites, bat activity was simultaneously recorded with five bat detectors (one on each corridor edge, one in the corridor interior, and two in adjacent logged stands) from two full consecutive nights in June–August 2004 or 2005.

Referenced papers

Please cite as:

Berthinussen, A., Richardson, O.C., Smith, R.K., Altringham, J.D. & Sutherland, W.J. (2018) Bat Conservation. Pages 67-93 in: W.J. Sutherland, L.V. Dicks, N. Ockendon, S.O. Petrovan & R.K. Smith (eds) What Works in Conservation 2018. Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK.