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Habitat suitability models (HSM) have been used to understand the impacts of landscape-scale habitat connectivity and gene flow mostly by assuming a regular decrease in the cost of movement as habitat improves. Yet, habitat selection and gene flow are governed by different behavioural processes which may limit the reliability of this approach. This study aimed to identify the optimal relationship between gene flow and HSMs for two bat species (Myotis bechsteinii and Eptesicus serotinus) in Britain in order to inform future bat conservation studies.
Photo: ©Frank GreenawayDownload
This paper uses a case study on the elusive woodland bat Bechstein’s bat (Myotis bechsteinii) to explore the effectiveness of genetic approaches as a way to monitor elusive long-lived species.
Photo: Bechstein’s bat ©Henry SchofieldDownload
In this study, we report the genetic diversity and structure of M. bechsteinii across Britain and Europe.Download
This paper presents a DNA methylation method to assess ages of bats.Download
VWT’s Henry Schofield reports on the ecological needs and requirements of Britain’s bats in the Woodland Trust’s ‘WoodWise’ magazine.Download
The slot bat box was designed to imitate niches where crevice dwelling bats might roost; such as a split in a tree trunk or behind loose bark. The three vertical ‘slots’ each of a different width, offers a choice that several species of bat, depending on their size, might use. The upper section of the two partition walls have been cut away to allow bats an area to cluster, conserve energy and breed.Download