Most UK bat species evolved to use trees as roosts, while many also forage in woodland. In addition, trees and woodland provide excellent commuting habitats, providing safe cover and navigational landmarks. Sensitive and proactive woodland management can help protect bats as well as enhancing the habitat for bats and a host of other wildlife.

Because bats are so sensitive to light, heat and humidity, woodland managers need to consider the impact of operations in the vicinity of trees with roosts. Remember that bats and their roosts are all protected by law.

Bats and woodland
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