LIFE Maestrale - Actions aimed at restoring and preserving dune and behind the dune habitats in Molise
Increase the local community of bats through actions of valorisation, requalification and restoration of the habitats and placement of bat-boxes.
Good Practice Description
In order to improve the conservation of bats within the habitats 2270 *, 2250*, 2260 and 1510 subject to degradation, the LIFE project Maestrale has carried out two main actions.
The first involved the restoration of bats' foraging habitats, mainly through the eradication of exotic species (Acacia saligna), the planting of native species and the reconstitution of temporary ponds.
The second concerned the increase of daytime shelter in the habitats of bats, through the placement of bat-boxes both in anthropized areas and in semi-natural and natural areas.
Molise coast, characterized by a very heterogeneous and distinctive landscape mosaic, from the sea to the hinterland, with sandy beaches, coastal dunes, Mediterranean scrub, pine forest, wetlands and rural area.
The good practice is replicable wherever there is a need to conserve bats populations.
The restoration of habitats, through the eradication of exotic species, the planting of native species and the creation of temporary ponds, leads to a certain increase in bats, but at the same time it is important to help populations through the installation of bat-boxes, especially in anthropized and semi-natural areas.