, WCS Canada
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Creating bat habitat

We're working on tree roost enhancement, old growth gap mitigation, and bat-friendly forestry techniques for the forestry industry.

In BC, approximately three quarters of bats raise young in big, old trees with peeling bark. Young forests lack the roosting features that bats need. The result is large forested areas that are unusable for bats looking for a home. Through our Tree Enhancement and Roost Mitigation Project, we're restoring habitat for bats that roost in trees.

How we're creating bat habitat

  • We’re modifying young trees using chainsaws and adding fake bark.
  • Where fewer trees exist, we’re installing poles with artificial bark to simulate old growth trees. This creates a large cavity for a maternity colony of bats to raise young.
  • We’re evaluating this approach as a stop-gap measure in areas where fewer old trees remain for bats.
  • We’re also working to change forestry policy and practices in BC to ensure that more old trees remain standing to facilitate future generations of bats.
Brandenbark used for bat roost, WCS Canada
Brandenbark used for bat roost © WCS Canada