Tina L Smith
During the period September to October 2005, the distribution of foraging Myotis and Pipistrellus spp. present along the Forth & Clyde Canal was investigated in relation to the variation in overall water quality status and the extent of tree cover. The aim was to identify potentially important foraging sites, which will facilitate informed advice on habitat protection and conservation. The main findings were, that although it was not possible to determine the exact influence that water quality had on bat activity, it was unlikely to be the main factor influencing distribution. Land use, tree cover and the potential influence of roosting opportunities was more likely to account for differences in habitat use exhibited by the two species groups.
The reopening of the canal as a navigation route has the potential to impact on the canals biodiversity through land development and increased boat traffic. Development plans should include considerations for the foraging habitat requirements of bats and maintain habitat continuity for all forms of wildlife that reside along the canal.
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