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Kaitsealused loomaliigid (nahkhiired jt) Haapsalu piirkonnas

Protected animal species (bats and others) in Haapsalu area (Estonia)

From June 2011 till November 2012 protected animals (amphibians, reptiles and bats) were studied in Haapsalu area, western Estonia. Environmental Investment Centre (Keskkkonnainvesteeringute Keskus) supported the work of this project financially from February 2012 till June 2013.

The project report including text and general tables is in Estonian, and can be found here.

Finding places of 4 species of amphibians, 4 species of reptiles and 10 species of bats are shown here.

Haapsalu, June 2013

Matti Masing


Learning bats within a European Lifelong-learning Programme project LENA
(LEarning NAtural values in Europe), 2012--2014.

In this educational project, conducted by Sicista Development Centre, we had five partners from four European countries (Estonia, Finland, Italy and Romania). During two years we carried out learning events in nature, gathered hundreds of learners, invited local experts, visited partner countries, exchanged educational information and produced LENA learning tools in the form of presentations, articles, topical learning sheets, photo albums and films. -->

After LENA, similar activites are continuing in partner countries. Thus, lifelong learning about nature is happily on its way.


Nahkhiired ja nende elupaigad Ülemiste järve piirkonna metsades 2016. a suvel

(Nahkhiirte uuring Tallinnas, Ülemiste terviseradade planeeringualal juulist septembrini 2016)

Bats and their habitats in the forests of Ülemiste Lake area (Tallinn, Estonia)
in the summer of 2016

From July till September 2016 bats were counted at seventy-seven counting points situated in the forests by Lake Ülemiste in Tallinn, Estonia. During 8 observation nights a total of 10 bat species were found.

Small Myotis bats (probably, Myotis mystacinus) had a summer colony in a hollow oak. Pond Bat, Daubenton's Bat and Northern Bat were common in these forests, while Natterer's Bat and Brown Long-eared Bat were rare. From migratory species Pipistrellus nathusii, Pipistrellus pipistrellus, Vespertilio murinus and Nyctalus noctula were present, and they also had a late-summer migration corridor in this forest.

Basing on observations, bat mapping and bat counts, expert recommendations were given to area planners so they can act in a bat-friendly way. -->


Bats of Högnäs and South Bodom (Espoo, Finland) in the summer of 2016

Finland – 100 years of independence. Högnäs – 8000 years of natural history!

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, together with independent Finland's 100-year events, Sicista Development Centre proudly presents this new product to scientific and local communities. By doing this it tries to lift boreal nature conservation to the next level. -->

In the summer of 2016 bats (Chiroptera, Mammalia) were studied at Högnäs and South Bodom (Espoo, Finland) using an ultrasound detector, digital camera and detector-based bat counting methods.

Six bat species and species groups were found of which Eptesicus nilssonii, Myotis brandtii/mystacinus and Myotis daubentonii were numerous having summer colonies in this area. Other species found were Plecotus auritus, Pipistrellus nathusii and Vespertilio murinus. The latter two are migratory species, which use this area as feeding place and migration corridor in the second half of summer. Maximum abundance of bats occurred in the second half of July and in August when great numbers of bats, among them those belonging to a vulnerable species group of small Myotis (Myotis brandtii/mystacinus) were observed flying and feeding in forests, over meadows and by the shore of Lake Bodom.

To prove the occurrence of sibling species Myotis brandtii and Myotis mystacinus these bats must be caught to identify their species. It is highly probable that both species live in the area as their habitats are present.

This study shows that the area of Högnäs and South Bodom is an important habitat for bat populations in southern Finland. It should be protected as a nature reserve. Further bat research is required to reveal more details of bat life in this area. To better understand the value of Högnäs and South Bodom for bat populations living in southern Finland extensive bat mapping should be carried out. That work would reveal important bat sites which should be protected as areas where natural values are preserved.

A special learning event to introduce both the topic and the project

Bat talk in Espoo,
18th of May 2017

On Thursday, 18th of May 2017 at 19.00

Villa Apteekki, Pappilantie 5, Espoo

Bats of Estonia and North Espoo (habitat requirements and ways of protection).
A presentation and a night walk guided by Dr. Matti Masing, expert of European boreal bats. -->

Masing 2017-05-11 Bats of Estonia and Espoo - FLAIER

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