Our major concern is to conduct applied research and improve methodologies to study bats. In this regard we are focusing on the following areas of knowledge.
Since 2006 we are developing a bat research project in rice paddies in order to preserve bats at the same time that farmers could control the stripped borer (Chilo supressalis) pest. First results of this project were presented in the XII European Bat Research Symposium (August 22-26; Vilnius, Lituania) and we received the award for the best presentation. Final results are expected to be published during 2013/2014. We are also cooperating with other research teams analyzing bat diet and looking for insect preys.
A three years project was conducted by our team in a high speed train section in Andalusia to asses if protected measures implemented to preserve bats were successful. The study was carried out in conjunction with Minuartia enterprise.
As can be observed from our publications, one of our staff goals is to improve bat research methodologies in order to reduce bat stress while doing research. In that sense nowadays we are analyzing the effects caused by rings and transponders to bats and first results were presented in the 16Th International Research Conferences (August 11-13, San José, Costa Rica).
New bat species (such Vespertilio murinus, Plecotus macrobullaris and Myotis alcathoe) have been found in Catalonia thanks to the combinations of capture techniques (habitat models, lures, harp traps, nets or bat detectors) and also bat habitat use data obtained thanks to radio-tracking (see papers regarding P. nathusii or M. emarginatus). We are also developing projects with bat boxes to monitor and recover bat populations in deforested crops. Some results were presented in the bat symposium organized in Utrecht (18-19 October 2012) http://symposium.vleermuiskasten.nl/?page_id=11.