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Impacts of street lighting on biodiversity - WC1011

The aim of this project is to assess, through landscape-scale approaches, the impact of alternative road lighting schemes on biodiversity. Defra has committed both nationally and internationally, to halt the overall loss of biodiversity by 2020. In 2009 the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) published a review of the environmental impacts of artificial light, which concluded that there was a paucity of information on the ecological impact of artificial lighting and that further studies were needed on the likely impacts of broader wavelength technologies that are being more widely introduced. Defra’s commitment to carry out research in this area was stated in the government response to the RCEP review.
Outputs will form part of the evidence base for those making decisions regarding road lighting regimes. The Department for Transport has nominated the Highways Agency to represent their interests on the Project Steering Group.
Proposals are invited for research projects that would extend our understanding of the effects of light pollution on wildlife and their impacts at a population/ ecosystem level.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : The biodiversity impacts of street lighting   (636k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix A Distribution of common bats   (521k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix B Horseshoe and pipistrelle interactions   (351k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix C Lighting and greater horseshoe bats   (619k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix D Part night lighting   (476k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix E Waterways   (583k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix F Colony Performance   (518k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix G Experimental test of mitigation   (454k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix H Lighting and common frog tadpoles   (500k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2015

Cost: £184,178
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Exeter