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Modelling functional connectivity pathways for bats in urban landscapes

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Publication date04/2012
Host publicationProceedings of the GIS Research UK 20th Annual Conference
Place of publicationLancaster
PublisherLancaster University
Pages95-100
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-86220-294-8
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

With the extent and density of urbanised land-use set to increase, implications arise for the quality of semi-natural and ecological processes. This paper incorporates empirical evidence from a study of gap crossing within a least-cost path methodology to develop a model of functional habitat connectivity for P. pipistrellus within the City of Birmingham. The model takes into particular consideration lighting and distance from trees, which are known to influence routes chosen by this species. The landcover types responsible for delivering function connectivity were then analysed, with initial results suggesting greater importance than would be expected for some landcover types such as gardens.