Manage forest and woodland to encourage understorey growth
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
The amount of understorey vegetation within forests and woodland has an influence on insect abundance, predation risk and the ability of bats to access the stand interior. Different bat species have been found to prefer different amounts of understorey vegetation, depending on their wing morphology and foraging strategy (e.g. Jung et al 2012).
Jung K., Kaiser S., Böhm S., Nieschulze J. & Kalko E.K.V. (2012) Moving in three dimensions: effects of structural complexity on occurrence and activity of insectivorous bats in managed forest stands. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49, 523–531.