Limelight for Mljet’s Bats in Name of International Bat Night

Lauren Simmonds

Love them or hate them, they’re protected in Croatia and everyone needs to do their bit to help them.

As Morski writes on the 8th of September, 2018, on the occasion of International Bat Night, a lecture was held on the beautiful Dalmatian island of Mljet last night, all about the bats which inhabit this picturesque and popular island, which is also the southernmost and easternmost of the larger Adriatic islands of the Dalmatian region.

The material was from ”The Bats of the Island of Mljet” by Osvin Pečar, a senior biologist-ecologist and an expert on NP Mljet, as well as a learned participant in the search for the species of bats (2008/2009) which live on the island of Mljet, which was undertaken as part of NP Mljet’s cooperation with the Tragus bat protection association from Zagreb.

As of now, and as far as experts are currently aware, eleven different types of bats have been recorded to be living on the island of Mljet, of which the Common bent-wing bat (Miniopterus schreibersii) are endangered, even though all types of bats are a strictly protected species in the whole of the Republic of Croatia.

Along with all of the legal provisions and protections for these quiet and unassuming animals that are already firmly in place, the wider general public plays a very significant role in the protection of bats, in some areas more than others.

In certain regions across the country, the education of the general public about the useful role of bats in their place in the ecosystem, as well as the benefits that our peaceful coexistence with them brings to us takes place.


Click here for the original article by Lucija Radulj for Morski


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