Due to the global covid-19 pandemic, Urban Bat Project surveys are now being undertaken under new risk assessments and survey protocols incorporating social distancing, PPE and equipment handling. We are still doing the science, but with masks on. 😉

Urban biodiversity gets a bad rap. A pervasive assumption persists that there simply isn’t the diversity or abundance of wildlife in the urban fringe compared to the countryside. This assumption leads to a lack of biological recording effort in favour of ‘better’ sites, and a persistent under-estimation of species richness and diversity, as well as a skewed picture of distribution.

Through our research, we are discovering that bat species assumed to be uncommon in our county are actually ubiquitous, and that some species previously thought to be regionally extinct are actually (while not abundant by any means) widespread in our urban woodland sites.

Morgan Hughes on ResearchGate

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