This research, carried out in Wytham Woods in Oxford, shows the importance of small areas of woodland for bat social groups, and therefore for bat conservation. The research demonstrates the value, of capture-mark-recapture studies in discovering patterns in animal behaviour. It would be interesting to see if the study could be replicated in other woods in the UK for the same species.
New research has shown that despite moving house frequently, bats choose to roost with the same social groups of 'friends.' The study found that different social groups roost in separate, though adjacent, parts of woodland. The findings have important implications for conservation.