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The bat conservation work done so far at the Natura 2000 site “Ostoje Nietoperzy Beskidu Wyspowego” (“The Beskid Wyspowy Mts Bat Refuge”) as well as the work planned within the PODKOWIEC+ project were presented by the local environmental protection authorities from Kraków at a conference initiating the “Poznaj swoją Naturę” (“Know your Nature”) campaign.

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20 March 2014
Winter, the time of rest for bats, is an intense time of field work for chiropterologists who have to count the animals in their winter roosts. In January and February the project team and volunteers visited 87 bat hibernacula in the Lower Silesian, Lesser Poland, Opole and Subcarpathian voivodeships. (more…)
10 March 2014
In the first days of 2014 the work in Ojców was concluded. The attics of the National Park headquarters and the “Urocza” villa were adapted to better meet the needs of lesser horseshoe bats which form small breeding colonies there. Both attics are now darker which should give the animals much larger space to roost.

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13 January 2014

On the 4th of December 2013 Renata Paszkiewicz, Rafał Szkudlarek and Aneta Fiskies of the Polish Society of Nature Friends „pro Natura” were involved in a committee assessing the results of the second stage of a regional bat knowledge competition “What do you know about flying hedgehogs?”, organized by the regional division of the Lower Silesian Landscape Parks Complex and “pro Natura”.

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12 December 2013
We were invited to present the lesser horseshoe bat conservation project and the PODKOWIEC+ to the participants of the Wildlife Society “Stork” annual meeting. About 60 naturalists from all over Poland gathered in the Kampinos National Park Education Centre in Izabelin. (more…)
1 December 2013
On the 26th of November a six-day work in two summer roosts of the lesser horseshoe bat has begun in the Ojców National Park. (more…)
30 November 2013
Wleń, a town located in the middle of the Bóbr Valley Landscape Park, is famous mainly for its medieval castle ruins. In summer, however, it is more popular among greater mouse-eared bats that among tourists.
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13 November 2013
A Polish-Slovak conference „Research in the Pieniny Mts. 2013” was held in Krościenko on Dunajec on the 7th and 8th of November 2013. The event, organized jointly by the Pieniny National Parks from both sides of the border, was dedicated mainly to the local experiences in implementing the Natura 2000 programme.

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10 November 2013
The second of the two workshops „Best practices in bat protection”, organized by the Coordination Center for Environmental Projects, took place on the 28th and 29th of October in Święcice. The event, divided into a training and a field excursion, was led by Marek Kowalski of the Wildlife Society “Stork” and Adam Olszewski of the Kampinos National Park.

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30 October 2013
The 11th Bat Night was held on the 27th of September 2013 in Czarnorzeki (the Korczyna community). In addition to photographic exhibition and an educational meetings for children and adults, an international conference “Sacral Architecture In Animal Protection”, organized by Prof. Bronisław W. Wołoszyna of the Chiropterological Information Center of the Institute of Sysematics and Evolution of Animals and the Committee on Nature Conservation of the Polish Academy of Sciences, took place.

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30 September 2013

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A workshop on the best practices in bat protection, organized by the Coordination Center for Environmental Projects, was held on the 19th and 20th of September 2013 in Rytro (Beskid Sądecki). The location was not random – in the very region most of the actions of the largest European lesser horseshoe bat protection project, the PODKOWIEC+, take place.

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25 September 2013
The field work has begun in full range. Our field team of four visits the sites included in the PODKOWIEC+ project. We survey the vicinity of bat roosts to look for the landscape elements used by the animals – commuting routes, roosts or watering places.

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23 August 2013
In July, we performer the annual bat count in Polish maternity colonies of the lesser horseshoe. At the same time, two other endangered bat species – the greater mouse-eared bat Myotis myotis and the Geoffroy’s bat Myotis emarginatus – are counted within the range of their horseshoe cousin. All three species have similar habitat preferences and may occupy the same roosts.

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19 August 2013
We did it! The PODKOWIEC+ project will come into being! On the 13th of August 2013 we got the contract from the European Commission. We vigorously get to work.

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14 August 2013
The summer cannot wait. Leaving the formalities to their own course, we began the field work. The summer bat count is on.

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16 July 2013