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Buildings, Planning and Development

Bats and people have been sharing dwellings for thousands of years. As natural roosting sites have become scarce due to development and land use change, so the number of artificial roost sites has increased in the form of houses, bridges, mines, barns, icehouses, etc.

Man-made roosts can provide stable micro-climates for the bats. Loss of natural roosts has increased the importance of man-made structures for bats to the point that artificial roosts are becoming essential in the survival of many bat species. However even these man-made roosts are now under threat; demolition of old buildings, renovations, changes in use, artificial lighting and the move towards air-tight buildings, all have implications for bat populations using buildings.

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Bats and Buildings (2 MB) - 19/04/12
Guidance for built environment professionals,consultants, building owners and managers on conservation actions to promote and cater for bats in buildings.

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