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This report presents the results of a modelling study funded by National Parks and Wildlife Service during 2020. The study investigates the gaps in the distribution of the lesser horseshoe bat in Ireland over its entire range, incorporating datasets on land cover, roads, linear habitat features and density of artificial lighting, to produce a baseline map of potential ecological corridors to connect lesser horseshoe bat sub-populations.Download
We analysed stomach contents from 99 polecats collected in 2012–2016 and compared results with earlier studies.Download
We used radio-tracking to describe postrelease
movement and habitat selection of pine martens translocated from Scotland to Wales.
We investigated the short-term effects of exposure to
translocated pine martens on the space use and survival of resident grey squirrels.
The 2019 All-Ireland Squirrel and Pine Marten Survey was published in June 2020 and was made possible by members of the public who submitted their sightings of red and grey squirrels and pine martens across the island of Ireland during 2019. The project was led by NUI Galway in partnership with VWT, Ulster Wildlife, the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording in Northern Ireland. It was funded by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.Download
Using a Before-After-Control-Impact phantom road experimental
design, we examine the impacts of traffic noise on bat activity and feeding behaviour.
This paper examine functional connectivity of greater horseshoe bats (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum) at a local scale using Circuitscape software.Download
As part of a national recovery programme for the pine marten Martes martes, a protected mesocarnivore in the UK, we used Q-methodology to understand the perspectives of residents living in an area in which a pine marten translocation project was planned.Download
In this paper, we present the results of a pilot study to trial the efficacy of a novel method for detecting the distribution of weasels and stoats in Britain, and we discuss its potential application for wide-scale monitoring.Download
This paper compares and contrasts the recent history and population status of Britain’s native mammalian carnivore species from the 1960s to 2017.
Photo: ©Frank GreenawayDownload