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Individual study: Bat boxes - a review of their use and application, past, present and future

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Rueegger N. (2016) Bat boxes - a review of their use and application, past, present and future. Acta Chiropterologica, 18, 279-299


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A review in 2016 of 109 studies of bat box use from 17 countries across Europe, North America, Australia and Asia (Rueegger 2016) found that 71 bat species were reported to use bat boxes, although only 18 species commonly used boxes and 31 species used boxes as maternity roosts. Bat box design and dimensions varied between studies. Most bat boxes were made of timber, although woodcement was also frequently used in Europe. Sixty-seven of the reviewed studies used bat boxes for research purposes, 42 for bat conservation and one for community education. Twenty-two studies in this review (Boyd & Stebbings 1989, Neilson & Fenton 1994, Park et al. 1998, Arnett & Hayes 2000, Brittingham & Williams 2000, Ward 2000, Kerth et al. 2001, Chambers et al. 2002, Smith & Agnew 2002, Lourenço & Palmeirim 2004, White 2004, Ciechanowski 2005, Flaquer et al. 2006, Long et al. 2006, Whitaker et al. 2006, Kelm et al. 2008, Lesiński et al. 2009, Baranauskas 2010, Meddings et al. 2011, Mering & Chambers 2012, Dodds & Bilston 2013, Reid et al. 2013) have been summarized individually.

(Summarised by Anna Berthinussen)