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Recommendations for visits to important bat roosts

One of the seemingly "innocent" but often detrimental pressures on the program's bat species is the human presence in important roosts, whether for speleological expeditions, archeological excavations, or other scientific activities or leisure visits. Especially during the period of birth and upbringing of newborns (nurseries, May - July) but also in winter (November-February), in the coldest caves, human presence can lead to mass deaths immediately or in the medium term.

Troglobiont isopod of Maronia Cave
𝐴𝑙𝑝𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑖𝑠𝑐𝑢𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑖𝑐𝑢𝑠 Andreev, 1986, ενδημικό του σπηλαίου Μαρώνειας
Cave fauna of Greece

Meta bourneti Simon, 1922. Psimaki Cave, Greece. 

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The second conference of LIFE GRECABAT in Heraklion, Crete

The second conference of LIFE GRECABAT “Caves and Bats: Towards an Integrated Protection and Management" took place on December 20th and 21st 2019 in Heraklion, Crete.

The first conference of LIFE GRECABAT in Athens

LIFE GRECABAT's conferences on public awareness and changing attitudes and behavior of stakeholders (Action C4) kicked-off last Friday in Athens!

Action C2.2: Creation of a cost effective, transferable and replicable cave and bat monitoring system (Prototype)

A three unit data logging prototype was developed by the CommonsLab.gr MAKERSPACE Koin.S.Ep.in collaboration with and on behalf of the Hellenic Institute of Speleological Research (HISR / INSPEE) as part of the LIFE-GRECABAT project. The Troglometer is a set of battery-powered environment sensors, connected to datalogging devices, which are optimized for use in harsh and high-humidity environments. There are three main data-logging modules, which make up the Troglometer: a.

2nd Conference "Caves and Bats: Towards an Integrated Protection and Management" - Heraklion Crete

LIFE GRECABAT "Greek Caves and Bats: Management Actions and Change of Attitude" organizes a two-day conference on "Caves and bats: Towards an Integrated Protection and Management " at the premises of Museum of Natural History of Crete (University of Crete) in Heraklion on December 20th, 2019. On December 21st, 2019, a tour of Agia Paraskevi's cave in Skotino will take place.

Participation in the Seminar of the Environmental Education Center of Ierapetra-Neapoli, Lasithi

LIFE GRECABAT participated in a two-day training seminar organized by the Ierapetra-Neapoli, Lasithi Environmental Education Center on November 9th & 10th, 2019, on the topic: "Getting to Know the Sitia Geopark, its caves and educational paths".

Caves and Bats: Towards an Integrated Protection and Management

LIFE GRECABAT "Greek Caves and bats: Management Actions and Change of Attitude" organizes on December 13th and 14th, 2019 at the premises of Ministry of Environment and Energy (119 Mesogeion Street, Athens), a two-day seminar on "Caves and Bats: Towards an Integrated Protection and Management".

Proposal of protection zones for bats and caves in Greece

In the context of LIFE GRECABAT actions and in particular the preparation of actions A3 and C3, we selected 230 of most important bat shelters in Greece (caves, mines, buildings etc.) as well as cave habitats of Directive 92/43/EU (8310: Caves not open to the public), to be proposed as protection sites by the under progress Special Environmental Studies and the accruing Management Plans.

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