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Many bat species are photosensitive and are negatively impacted by artificial light at night. Our previous work in this field has identified how lit anthropogenic environments can impact bats through disruption of commuting routes, with knock on effects for landscape connectivity. This project will build on previous research by identifying the mechanisms through which artificial light at night affects bats. We are taking a novel multidisciplinary approach, investigating the effects of artificial lighting at a genetic, hormonal, behavioural

and landscape level, to better gauge the full extent of the impact of artificial lighting on bat populations. Our findings will inform effective conservation management for some of the rarest bat species in the UK.


Funded by NERC, the project is a collaboration between the university of Bath, the University of Exeter and the University of the West of England. We are working closely with partners at Natural England, TRT Lighting and the Institute of Lighting Practitioners to ensure our results have direct impact on planning policy and industry standards.

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