New paper by Pia Lentini — worth a read!
Bats are fascinating creatures – there are about 1,200 species, and they are the second most abundant mammal (behind the rodents). They occupy every continent aside from Antarctica, and are the only mammal capable of true flight.
In spite of their incredible diversity and abundance, there is still much we don’t know about bat ecology and management: they are quite cryptic which can make them tricky to study! I had the opportunity to carry out some research on bats in agricultural areas as part of my PhD, the findings of this which have just been published in PLoS ONE (which you can find here and download for free). Here’s a summary of what we did, what we found, and some of the other details that get lost in the scientific publication process.
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