Putting UK woodland bats on the map

Close-up of bat's wing showing multi-faceted structureSummary

This project aims to develop and trial a national citizen science field survey scheme and species distribution modelling framework for UK woodland bats.

 image ©Chris Scott

Research objectives

We are working with the Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) to:

  • Develop a habitat suitability modelling framework for mapping British woodland bat species distributions and predicting the impact of land use and climate changes. 
  • Improve our understanding of the ecological and human factors driving woodland bat species distributions at local, regional and national scales.
  • Pilot an acoustic survey method for monitoring bats in woodlands with volunteers.
  • Inform and update guidance to those involved in woodland and forest management and creation.

Results so far

The 2017 field surveys are now underway. We are compiling and sorting species and environmental data alongside developing our modelling framework.


This is an ongoing project that started in December 2016. The initial project funding is assigned for two years.


Dr. Chloe Bellamy

Funders and partners

We are grateful for the equipment and funding support received from Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Forestry Trust, the Woodland Trust, Forest Enterprise England, the Margaret Joan Tottle Deceased Will Trust, Martin Wills Wildlife Maintenance Trust , The Late Miss Eileen Margaret Tyler's and J & JR Wilson.


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