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Bat migration routes in Europe

This project started in April 2021. Our goal is to identify spatial and temporal patterns of the presence of three common migrating bats (Pipistrellus nathusii, Nyctalus noctula and Nyctalus leisleri) using acoustic datasets. Hotspots in acoustic activity are expected to predict priority areas for the conservation of those migrating species. One of the aims of the project is to provide operational maps to guide wind energy planning.

To learn more about the project, watch the webinar that took place on the 29th of July 2021

To understand where and when migrating bats are most active to design priority conservation areas.

Acoustic datasets will be used to predict the spatio-temporal distribution of migrating bats in Europe.

These are the preliminary results for France only, based on the Vigie-Chiro dataset.

These preliminary results were produced to make a proof of concept of the method. This work is still ongoing and these maps should not be considered as final results.

This map shows the current state of participations in Europe. This map was updated on the 19th of May 2021.