Species Champions: Brown Long-Eared Bat

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A medium-sized bat with a wingspan of 24-28cm. Brown long-eared bats typically roost in old trees and large roof voids, such as Baronial homes, Victorian schools and stable blocks. Each female has one baby per year. These bats need good feeding areas close to their maternity roosts as they do not undertake long-distance flights.

Action Needed

  1. Support research and best practice around artificial lighting guidance and proposals.
  2. Promote the protection and creation of well-connected habitat which is rich in insect life.
  3. Raise awareness of the need for bat surveys to be undertaken before development proposals are accepted and encourage measures which retain, create and enhance bat roosts during conversions, renovations and new builds.
  4. Encourage planners and developers to follow the Bat Conservation Trust good practice guidelines for bat surveys.
  5. Increase public awareness of the value of bats.
  6. Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented.
  7. Promote the monitoring of bats so we can have a better knowledge and understand of their distribution, as well as their roosting and foraging habits in Scotland.

Threats

  1. Vulnerable to effects of light pollution.
  2. Decline in insects.
  3. Negative perceptions.
  4. Fragmentation and loss of habitat including tree roosts.
  5. Loss of roosts due to renovation of properties and other man-made structures without retaining access for bats.

MSP Species Champion

James Kelly

Member for: Glasgow

Party: Scottish Labour Party

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