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

Read our report on the longest recorded migratory bat flight of >2220km by the tiny Nathusius’ pipistrelle (Pipistrellus nathusii). Ringed in Pape, Latvia in 2015 and recovered in Pitillas’ Lagoon Natural Reserve, Spain in 2017
#bats #mammalmigration

Appalling video of a cat playing with what it seems to be a (IUCN Vulnerable) Madeiran pipistrelle.

Filmed last week in Madeira and shared via facebook.

From a prior event:

This is a massive issue for both conservation & zoonotic spillover risk.

Our video of some more of the report’s findings:

Twitter feed video.Our video of some more of the report’s findings:
Center for Bio Div@CenterForBioDiv

BREAKING: New report shows how U.S. wildlife imports are fueling global pandemic risks from species that are known to harbor 75% of known zoonotic viruses.


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