Our aims

The aim of this study is to understand how spatial configuration of the heterogeneous elements (non-productive vegetal formation such as isolated trees, trees or bushes lines) in farming landscapes affect to the movement of the insectivorous bat species, which may be used as a model and bio-indicator species in the South-Centre of Chile.

Specifically, our objectives are:

  1. To evaluate the influence of heterogeneity in the agricultural landscape structure in the movement of the insectivorous bats of the South-Centre of Chile.
  2. To study the role of the spatial configuration of those elements in the agricultural matrix over the residence time and inactivity in the insectivorous bats, as well as the farming area used by these mammals.
  3. To quantify the impact of bats movement with the presence of pest insects.
  4. To elaborate guidelines to effectively design agricultural landscapes to make easier the movement of these species and to improve the ecosystem services of natural pest supression.