Landscape Advice Note: Conservation of Bats
By Alan Cathersides
The Common and Soprano Pipistrelles and the Brown Long-eared bats are relatively common, while others such as the Grey Long-eared and the Barbastelle are rare. All species suffer from loss of habitat, pollution, and a shortage of insect food. Recent counts of some of the more common species have shown declines of 50 per cent over as little as a six year period. One of our largest bats, the Greater Horseshoe, has been lost from over half its range in the last 100 years. The Greater Mouse-eared bat was declared extinct in Britain in 1990.
The conservation of bats is one of the most important aspects of English Heritage’s nature conservation responsibilities. Bats are often found in historic buildings as they provide a large range of potential roosting areas and many entry points. English Heritage can offer grants for the conservation of listed buildings many of which support important bat roosts or hibernation sites.
- Series: Guidance
- Publication Status: Completed
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