The influence of forest composition on bat species diversity and abundance
On Jersey, bat populations are becoming well documented throughout the Island with the
efforts of the Jersey Bat Group, students and the public. However, whereas bats that utilise or
inhabit woodlands on Jersey have been studied in the past by the Jersey Bat Group, these have
not been systematic studies and have datasets that have yet to be fully analysed. Therefore,
scientific research of bats in these habitats is required. The fragmentation of Jersey’s forest
cover and the differences in management regimes may influence bat abundance and diversity.
This study aims to exhibit the possible contributing factors influencing bat species within the
forests, depending on weather parameters, tree measurements and forests features such as water
resources and compare the difference between a managed and unmanaged forest.