Use of coniferous plantations by bats in western Poland during summer

  • Grzegorz Apoznanski
  • Tomasz Kokurewicz
  • Justyna Błesznowska
  • Ewa Kwasiborska
  • Tomasz Marszałek
  • Monika Górska


Mixed commercial plantation forests often receive little or no attention in terms of conservation of protected habitats and species. This study was aimed at assessing the value of such habitats for bats. In July 2015 we used standardised mist netting in 11 locations within and near the Natura 2000 sites “Nietoperek” and “Buczyny Łagowsko-Sulęcińskie” in western Poland. Particular attention was paid to mixed plantation forest, usually dominated by Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). Natural and protected habitats, i.e. riparian woodlands and beech forest were also investigated for comparison. In total 96 bats of 12 species were caught. The highest number of bats (15.0 individuals caught per night) and the highest biodiversity index (H´) was recorded in localities situated in mixed plantation forest. Contrary to common evaluation of this type of habitat, mixed plantation forest may serve important role for local bat populations by providing commuting corridors and possibly also foraging areas. Keywords: Barbastella barbastellus, bat conservation, coniferous plantations, Myotis myotis  

Author Biographies

Grzegorz Apoznanski
Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Institute of Biology,  Department of Vertebrate Ecology and Paleontology, Kożuchowska 5b, 51-631Wrocław PhD student
Tomasz Kokurewicz
Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Institute of Biology, Department of Vertebrate Ecology and Paleontology, Kożuchowska 5b, 51-631 Wrocław
Justyna Błesznowska
Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Institute of Biology, Department of Vertebrate Ecology and Paleontology, Kożuchowska 5b, 51-631 Wrocław
Ewa Kwasiborska
ANSEE Consulting, Św. Antoniego Str. 2/4, 50-073 Wrocław
Tomasz Marszałek
ANSEE Consulting, Św. Antoniego Str. 2/4, 50-073 Wrocław
Monika Górska
ZOO Wrocław, Wróblewskiego 1-5, 51-618 Wrocław


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