Identification and protection of important bat caves in Turkey

Emrah Coraman

Many of the cave habitats that are important for bat populations in Turkey are under constant pressure due to factors such as cave tourism, construction of water dams, and stone quarries. The lack of information on the distribution of bat colonies makes it difficult to prepare effective conservation management plans. In this project we intend to identify important bat caves in Turkey and collaborate with the Nature Protection and Natural Parks Directorate to place them under protection. We also aim to create a foundation for a future monitoring programme by collaborating with regulators, research institutions, caving groups, and local people.