Acta Theriologica

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 235–242 | Cite as

Species composition and activity of bats flying over rivers in the Białowieża Primeval Forest

  • Alek Rachwald
  • Paweł Boratyński
  • Wojciech K. Nowakowski


Bats were netted at two sites over the forest rivers Narewka and Hwoźna in Białowieża Primeval Forest (E Poland), during the summer of 1994 and 1995. A total of 452 bats of 11 species were captured. The number of bats netted each night was positively correlated with the minimum air temperature. The rate at which the three commonest species —Nyctalus noctula, Myotis daubentonii andNyctalus leisleri — were caught varied significantly through the night, with a major peak after sunset. ForN. noctula air temperature was apparently positively related to the size of the morning peak.

Key words

bats netting activity fauna Białowieża Primeval Forest 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alek Rachwald
    • 1
  • Paweł Boratyński
    • 2
  • Wojciech K. Nowakowski
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Ecology and Environment ProtectionForest Research InstituteWarszawaPoland
  2. 2.Institute of Ecology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Dziekanów LeśnyŁomiankiPoland
  3. 3.University of PodlasieSiedlcePoland

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