In previous years Ukrainian bat-workers had started
with the systematical search and examination of underground sites,
which are shelters for bats. Some previous results may be looked
through at the pages of this web-site: here
on caves of Crimea, here on Podolia
and Middle Dniester River Region, here
about bats in underground cavities of the Continental South of
Ukraine; or in the corresponding publications.
In 2010 and 2011 we continued the work.
Aim: Follow-up inventory of underground cavities
in the region for determining of important bat sites for their further
protection and monitoring and carrying out of the entire winter
bat census in already identified key bat sites.
Place: western part of Ukraine.
Lena Godlevska (team leader), Maria Ghazali (Schmalhausen
Institute of Zoology), Volodymyr Tyshchenko (National University
of Bioresources and Nature Management). Anna Khokhlova and Volodymyr
Oschepkov also took part in the work.
The field data were gathered during three expeditions:
in summer and in autumn 2010, and in winter 2010/2011. The work
had concerned 7 administrative provinces of Ukraine (Zhytomyr, Rivne,
Ternopil, Khmelnytsky, Vinnytsya, Chernivtsi and Mykolaiv Oblasts).
During the expeditions, over 80 undeground units
were revealed and / or examined. More than a half of them were examined
for bats for the first time.
The work had been carried out by the standard scheme.
In sum, in the checked underground sites we recorded
14 bat species: Rhinolophus hipposideros, Myotis bechsteinii,
M. myotis, M. blythii, M. daubentonii, M. dasycneme, M. nattereri,
M. mystacinus, M. alcathoe, Plecotus austriacus, P. auritus, Pipistrellus
pipistrellus, Barbastella barbastellus, and Eptesicus serotinus.
The work enabled to receive additional data on the
status and distribution of the row of bat species in Ukraine.
Five new key underground sites, important for bat
conservation and monitoring, were determined: 2 in Vinnytsya Oblast,
1 in Zhytomyr Oblast, 1 in Rivne Oblast, 1 in Chernivtsi Oblast.
Photo: L. Godlevska
Publications on the results of the work
- Godlevskaya E. V., Ghazali M. A. New data on bats wintering
at the territory of Zhytomyr and Rivne Oblasts (Ukraine) // Vestnik
zoologii. 2011. Vol. 45, Ή 4. P. 346. (In Russian.)
- Godlevskaya E. V., Ghazali M. A., Tyshchenko V. M. Results
of the first full-scaled bat census in underground sites of the
Continental Black Sea Region of Ukraine // Nature reserves in
Ukraine. 2011. Vol. 17, issue 1-2. P. 34-41. (In Ruusian.)
- Godlevskaya E. V., Ghazali M. A., Tyshchenko V. M. Additional
data about troglophilous bats of Podolia and Middle Dniester River
region (Ukraine). under preparation.
Supported by Stichting Zoogdierenwerkgroep Zuid-Holland
and the Bat Support Fund for Eastern Europe.