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Individual study: Recuperación de la colonia de Miniopterus schreibersii de la cueva de Cueva de Ágreda (Soria)

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Alcalde J.T, Artácoz A. & Meijide F. (2012) Recovery of a colony of Miniopterus schreibersii from a cave, Cueva de Ágreda, in Soria. Barbastella, 5, 32-35


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Install and maintain cave gates to restrict public access Bat Conservation

A before-and-after study in 1998–2009 and 2010 in one cave in Castile and León, Spain (Alcalde et al 2012) found fewer bent-wing bats Miniopterus schreibersii using a cave after the installation of a cave gate with a narrow entrance. Between six and nine years after the installation of a cave gate with a narrow entrance, fewer bent-wing bats were counted using the cave than before the installation of the gate (before: 600–700 bats; after: 200–280 bats), but statistical tests were not carried out. However, >450 bent-wing bats were counted seven months after the gated opening was enlarged. In 2001, a cave gate covering 75% of the cave entrance was fitted to a small cave. In March 2010, the cave gate opening was enlarged from 3.5 x 1 m to 7 x 2 m. Bats were counted approximately once/month in 2010 using infrared lights. Data were compared to previously published bat counts at the cave from 1998–2009.

(Summarised by Ricardo Rocha)