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This book brings together scientific evidence and experience relevant to the practical conservation of bats. The authors worked with an international group of bat experts and conservationists to develop a global list of interventions that could benefit bats.
For each intervention, the book summarises studies captured by the Conservation Evidence project, where that intervention has been tested and its effects on bats quantified. The result is a thorough guide to what is known, or not known, about the effectiveness of bat conservation actions throughout the world.
Bat Conservation is the fifth in a series of synopses that will cover different species groups and habitats, gradually building into a comprehensive summary of evidence on the effects of conservation interventions for all biodiversity throughout the world.
By making evidence accessible in this way, we hope to enable a change in the practice of conservation, so it can become more evidence-based. We also aim to highlight where there are gaps in knowledge.
Evidence from all around the world is included. If there appears to be a bias towards evidence from northern European or North American temperate environments, this reflects a current bias in the published research that is available to us. Conservation interventions are grouped primarily according to the relevant direct threats, as defined in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Unified Classification of Direct Threats (www.iucnredlist.org/technical-documents/classification-schemes).
1 Threat: Residential and commercial development
2 Threat: Agriculture
3 Threat: Energy production – wind turbines
4 Threat: Energy production – mining
5 Threat: Transportation and service corridors
6 Threat: Biological resource use
7 Threat: Human disturbance – caving and tourism
8 Threat: Natural system modification – natural fire and fire suppression
9 Threat: Invasive species and disease
10 Threat: Pollution
11 Providing artificial roost structures for bats
12 Education and awareness raising
Anna Berthinussen is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Biology, University of Leeds, UK. Olivia C. Richardson is a former Masters student in the School of Biology, University of Leeds, UK. John D. Altringham is Professor of Animal Ecology and Conservation in the School of Biology, University of Leeds, UK.
"[...] an excellent literature review [...] would be a great starting point for upper level undergraduate or postgraduate students carrying out research in these areas."
– Sarah L. Taylor, The Bulletin of the British Ecological Society 46(1), March 2015
"The book is aimed at land managers and practical conservationists, with 10 chapters devoted to particular categories of threats to bats (agriculture, wind turbines, pollution, fire, etc.), within which specific dangers are addressed (including all the ‘usual suspects’ such as pesticides, artificial lighting and disturbance to hibernacula for example). For each threat, the various widely suggested mitigations are listed, then the literature has been scanned to find robust evidence for whether or not they were effective. There are no words wasted here in the very business-like text. This disciplined approach is welcome and perhaps long overdue, given the resources that have been poured into bat conservation over the past 30 years." --Pat Morris, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.