Climbats - COST Action CA18107

Climate Change and Bats: from Science to Conservation

Description of the Action

Climate change poses major threats to biological communities and the ecosystem services they provide. Bats are sensitive to human-driven habitat alteration, and changes in temperature and water availability induced by climate change may affect their distribution and survival.

Climate change is therefore likely to influence European bat populations and, by affecting insect consumption by bats in farmland, forests and urban areas, there are likely to be serious consequences for both conservation and the economy.

Focus Areas

Bat distribution change

Define, predict and quantify the effects of climate change on bats across Europe
Using state-of-art modelling approaches we will categorize European bat species according to their response to future climate change and identify those that warrant conservation measures.

Bat monitoring networks

Establish strategies to develop a network to monitor and predict changes in bat distribution and inform future management and policy
The work will focus on those species likely to be most responsive to climate change across Europe (indicator species) and establish areas where such species are likely to gain, lose or maintain suitable climatic space.

Insect consumption

Evaluate the effects of climate change on insectivory provided by bats in farmland
We will assess the importance of this ecosystem service across Europe for agricultural economy and society and estimate its current monitory value.

Lastest Updates

Our recent training school on DNA metabarcoding was not only a great opportunity to learn new skills, but also to create and strengthen research networks across Europe. Read Thomas' blog here:

#bats #research #networking #DNAmetabarcoding @COSTProgramme

๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ”ช Don't SCREAM! The Ghost-faced Bat is insectivorous and actually quite social. ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ด ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜บ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ข has a distinctive short skull and flattened face framed by small, curving ears which create a "smooshed" appearance. #GhostFace

๐Ÿ“ท J. Scott Altenbach

Ecological impacts of trains? New paper alert!
๐ŸšƒBats favour railways (often good habitat)
๐Ÿ‘‚They scoot off when trains approach
๐Ÿฆ‡Don't return for around 2 minutes
โ›”๏ธIncreased rail traffic means railways aren't used by bats much of the time (66% reduction on busy lines)

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