Protection of biodiversity in forest areas, including the Natura 2000 network - Promotion of best practices



Protection of lesser horseshoe bat in Poland

Protection of lesser horseshoe bat in Poland

The project is carried out by the Polish Society of Friends of Nature “pro Natura” and is a continuation of the activities carried out since 1996 by the “pro Natura” under the “Programme for the protection of a lesser horseshoe bat.” Project is co-financed by the European Union.

Main purposes are focused on securing shelter for winter and summer lesser horseshoe bat colonies and species monitoring through purchase of antennas and telemetric transmitters, navigational and communicational devices, noctovizors, a digital camera, a borescope and a ultrasonic detector. The project is promoting by hanging out posters, putting up information boards and handing out pamphlets.

The lesser horseshoe bat is one of the smallest bats in Poland and they live in colonies hunt their prey by echolocation emitting ultrasound from specialized round pads in their mouth. This species is in decline due to a number of factors, including the disturbance or destruction of roosts, changes in agricultural practices and the loss of suitable foraging habitats. Inventory of positions of the small horseshoe bat is conducted in areas so far poorly identified, where that species existstgence can be expected.



Project “Biodiversity protection in forest area,
including Nature 2000 areas – promotion of best practice” (Best for Biodiversity),
co-financed with the means of the European Union under the Financial Instrument LIFE+ and the National Fund of Environmental Protection and Water Management and State Forest National Forest Holding”

Coordination Center for Environmental Projects,
ul. Stawki 2, piętro 20,
00-193 Warszawa
tel.: +48 22 318 70 82
fax.: +48 22 318 70 98
e-mail: centrum@ckps.lasy.gov.pl