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Habitat management for bats – A guide for land managers, land owners and their advisors 2001


The aim of this manual is to provide land owners, land managers and their advisors with both general and specific guidance on how to manage areas to benefit foraging bats.

Throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland – as elsewhere in Western Europe – bat populations have declined dramatically in recent years. Conservation of bats is complex and needs to take account of several factors, including the protection of summer roost sites, the protection of winter hibernation sites, and the protection and appropriate management of habitats where bats feed. Research is increasing our understanding of bat biology and behaviour. Recently, new information has been uncovered about where bats feed and how to best maintain or enhance their favoured habitats.

This book is divided into three main parts: the first (Managing habitats for bats) deals with general habitat management advice to assist foraging bats; the second part (Habitat management for bat species) provides specific habitat management advice for each of the 16 breeding bat species found in the UK. The final section and the annexes provide details of the law protecting bats in the UK, how and where to find more information and some sources of financial assistance for habitat management that can help bats.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Biota

Reference date 2001··

Entwhistle, A.C., Harris, S., Hutson, A.M., Racey, P.A. & Walsh, A. 2001. Habitat management for bats – A guide for land managers, land owners and their advisors, JNCC, Peterborough, ISBN 1 86107 528 6.

Details the threats to bats, their need for conservation plus general and species specific guidance on habitat management.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC author

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·04·09

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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