rare Bechstein's bat
image to hear this bat's echolocation
call slowed down ten times)
work focuses on woodland bats, their conservation ecology and behaviour. Current field
sites are located in the UK and Japan, both temperate regions
where most bat species are dependent on woodland habitats.
is widely agreed that bat populations have declined, and that
habitat loss and degradation are contributory factors. Relevant
quantitative data are limited, however, because bats are so difficult
to record or monitor, especially in woodlands.
have developed new techniques that enhance our abilities to survey
target woodland areas for bats, and to study patterns of habitat
use within them.