Occupation of shelter boxes by bats in Salburua Park (Vitoria-Gasteiz)

  • Published source details Alcalde J.T. & Martínez I. (2016) Ocupación de cajas-refugio por murciélagos en el parque de Salburua (Vitoria-Gasteiz). Galemys, 28, 23-30.


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Provide bat boxes for roosting bats

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Bat Conservation
  1. Provide bat boxes for roosting bats

    A study in 2010–2015 in one wetland reserve in Basque Country, Spain (Alcalde & Martínez 2016) found that four bat species used bat boxes of three of four designs. Thirty-five of 93 bat boxes (38%) were occupied by bats seven years after installation. Overall, 240 individual bats were counted in bat boxes, including soprano pipistrelles Pipistrellus pygmaeus (207), Leisler’s bats Nyctalus leisleri (19), Kuhl's pipistrelles Pipistrellus kuhlii (13) and a Daubenton's bat Myotis daubentonii (1). Three of four box designs were occupied by 0.5–1.6 bats/visit. No bats were detected in boxes of one design (Schwegler 1FW). In late 2008, 95 bat boxes were installed in one 206 ha wetland reserve. Boxes of four different designs (Schwegler 1FF, 1FW, 2F double wall, 2FN) were attached to trees and buildings at a height of 3–6 m. Bat boxes were checked nine times between 2010 and 2015.

    (Summarised by: Ricardo Rocha)

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