Saturday, 1 February 2014

Bat populations are recovering according to largest ever European study

Daubenton's bat - one of the ones
that showed an increase in numbers
January 2014: There is some good news for bats as a new report shows numbers have increased by more than 40 per cent between 1993 and 2011, after declining for many years.The report was carried out by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and 16 of the 45 bat species found across Europe were studied. Scientists compiled data gained from 6 000 hibernating sites across nine different countries and found overall these species appear to have increased by 43 per cent.

“It is extremely encouraging to see bat populations increasing after massive historic declines,” EEA Executive Director Hans Bruyninckx said. “It suggests that targeted conservation policies over the last years have been successful. But many bat species are still endangered, so preserving their habitats is still an important priority. Monitoring bats also helps understand changes in wider ecosystems, including climate change, as they are highly sensitive to environmental change.”

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