Aim of the study
Females of the greater mouse-eared bat (Myotis myotis) form large nursery colonies in caves (southern Europe) or buildings (northern Europe). Being listed in annex II of the EU Habitats Directive, special areas of conservation must be designated for this species throughout Europe. Effective conservation of a species requires detailed knowledge of its utilisation of key-resources (e. g. roosts and foraging habitats). In my thesis I study habitat-use, individual migration between colonies as well as population structure of three nursery colonies of the greater mouse-eared bat situated south to the nature park Schönbuch in Baden-Württemberg. Techniques employed are telemetry, implantation and automated registration of passive transponders and analysis of mitochondrial DNA.