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International symposium searches solutions for migrating bats

Brussels, Belgium (2019.11.07) – On November 8 and 9, 2019, the international bat research community will meet in Ostend and Bruges. The two-day meeting will focus on the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on bat migration, and will show results of high-tech research that has recently been conducted. Thanks to a combination of these new techniques and tight collaboration between different partners (professional scientists, amateur experts and consultancy compagnies) it is now easier to estimate the effects of wind turbines and nocturnal artificial light on bats. Based on objective facts and figures, a conversation can be started with wind farms developers. This new knowledge also facilitates a more substantiated advice in the drawing up of environmental permits. The focus of the symposium lies on the North Sea, but results from the hinterland and other areas are covered as well.

Press release and invitation by: Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) and the Bats Working Group of Natuurpunt Study

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Bob Vandendriessche
Bats working group of the environmental ngo Natuurpunt | +32-(0)477-75 74 91 (by phone only on 7 November)

Kelle Moreau
Science communication ODNature, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) | +32-(0)486-12 58 77 (by phone only on 8 November)

Jan Seys
Press officer Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
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