Light and Bats in Glossop

There is very strong evidence to indicate that Myotis and Plecotus bats avoid artificial light. We believe that Myotis bats no longer forage along Glossop Brook in the middle of the town because of light pollution, although they are still common on dark stretches of the river. Tree lines that are not artificially lit are often used by Myotis bats in Glossop, but we have not recorded them in well lit tree lines.

Attention to lighting is vital close to waterways and commuting and foraging habitats. There are many systems that will allow safe illumination without scaring away bats.