Species Champions: Daubenton’s bat

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The Daubenton’s bat is a medium-sized bat species. They have shiny, red-brown fur with a pale underside and a round face. They have a steady flight, often within a few centimetres of the water surface and is reminiscent of a small hovercraft. Their main diet consists of midges, caddis flies, pond skaters and mayflies. In summer they roost in buildings, tunnels, under bridges and trees. In winter, they hibernate in caves, mines and other underground sites.

Action Needed

  1. Raise awareness of the need for bat surveys to be undertaken before the renovation of bridges and viaducts, particularly structures and buildings within close proximity of waterbodies and rivers.
  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. Vulnerability to poor water quality due to feeding habits.
  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

Annabelle Ewing

Member for: Cowdenbeath

Party: Scottish National Party

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