LIFE UNDER ONE ROOF aims to improve the conservation status of nine bat species listed in the Habitats Directive (Annexes II and IV), in eight key Natura 2000 network sites in Bulgaria. The project will enhance and maintain bat habitats for breeding, hibernating, roosting and foraging, and will address the threat of disturbance during the most sensitive lifecycle stages.
Project actions will include:
- creating bat houses and bricks to increase roosting opportunities
- restoring livestock watering places to benefit foraging bats
- guarding bat colonies during sensitive breeding and hibernation periods.
The project aims to colonies during sensitive breeding and hibernation periods. The project aims to raise public awareness, positively change attitudes towards bats, build capacity for bat protection by involving more professional and volunteer conservationists, and highlight the economic benefits of bats for insect pest control. It will also produce an inventory containing up-to-date information on the population status of bat species and their habitats. In addition to directly implementing the Habitats Directive, the project helps implement the Bern Convention, the EU Water Framework Directive, Biodiversity Strategy, Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES), and the Action Plan for the Conservation of Bat Species in the EU.