All bat species are protected in France. To monitor their population they are surveyed twice a year in Indre et Loire. The surveys take place in January when the bats are hibernating and in June, when they are breeding. To participate you must be a member of a bat conservation group and be accompanied by at least one person with a 'bat licence' as it is illegal to disturb bats. Surveys around Preuilly-sur-Claise are organised by Virginie Culicchi and Jean-Claude Jacques on behalf of the Groupe Chiroptères d'Indre et Loire. Bat is chauve-souris in French.
|A bat hibernating in a cave (abandoned limestone quarry).|
|Sandstone caves (abandoned underground quarries) on the estate of a privately owned chateau, occupied by half a dozen species of bat.|
References and Further Reading:
Bat Surveying in the Touraine Loire Valley, a post from our daily blog Days on the Claise.
Hanging from the Ceiling, from Days on the Claise.
Bats Spurn the Belfries, from Days on the Claise.