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ANSE confirms the reproduction of bats in nest boxes installed in Calasparra (20/07/2018)

Recently, ANSE technicians and volunteers have confirmed the reproduction of the light-edged bat (Pipistrellus kuhlii) inside the boxes installed in Cañaverosa (Calasparra).

The initiative framed in the LIFE + Ripisilvanatura, has funding from the EU and has allowed the involvement of the agricultural sector.

The objective of the action is to favor the presence of bats as tools for the biological control of pests and pesky insects.

Technicians and volunteers from ANSE have been carrying out a periodic follow-up of artificial shelters for bats throughout 2018 that this same association began installing last summer in Calasparra.

The action sought to find common spaces of interest between agriculture and the recovery of biodiversity, and the first boxes were financed by the rice sector itself (Cooperativa Virgen de la Esperanza, Flor de Calasparra), which was joined by the Department of Environment Environment of the City Council of Calasparra, the Segura Hydrographic Confederation and, later, the management team of the Cañaverosa Natural Reserve.

Precisely, the actions of promotion of bats have like objective contribute to the control of agricultural pests and annoying insects for the humans (like the mosquitos) through methods of biological control.

In Calasparra more than 100 boxes have been installed, some of which were occupied by bats a few days after installation.

ANSE considers that the initial objectives of this action are being successfully achieved since, since the beginning of the study, positive occupation rates have been observed that oscillated, according to the zones, between 17 and 33% of the shelters.

However, the most important finding has been the recent discovery of a breeding colony of light-brimmed Bat (Pipistrellus kuhlii) inside one of these shelters, within the Sotos Natural Reserve and Ribera de Cañaverosa Forest.

The light-rimmed bat is one of the smallest chiroptera of the European fauna and one of the most abundant, which amplifies its importance as an ally in the control of agricultural pests and insects harmful to public health.

This initiative to promote biodiversity is framed within the LIFE + Ripisilvanatura project, which is funded by the European Union and coordinated by the Segura Hydrographic Confederation.

In the LIFE project, the University of Murcia, the General Directorate of the Natural Environment, the Municipalities of Cieza and Calasparra and ANSE also participate as partners.

Source: ANSE

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