Partner 22: Dutch Mammal Society

Partner description

The Dutch Mammal Society (DMS) is a NGO operating with the mission statement: ‘bringing together people who gather, develop and transfer knowledge for conservation of mammals and their habitats’. The NGO has about 2000 members, 14 working groups and a professional staff of 15, of which 6 are bat specialists. Since 1952 DMS is involved in studying and protecting mammals. DMS coordinates monitoring and survey of mammal species for the Netherlands under the EHD, mostly through support and coordination of volunteers in citizen science projects, and executes (commercial) projects upon assignment. DMS also operates as the scientific focal point at Eurobats for the Netherlands (and is participant in e.g. the Intersessional Working Group on ‘Insect Decline as a Threat to Bat Populations in Europe’). Through longterm participation in Eurobats and European Bat Research Organisation DMS is part of a large network of bat scientist throughout Europe.


Role in the project

DMS will be the coordinator of sampling of PPP’s in bats (WP2, task 2.2).

Involved personnel

22 Limpens Dr. Limpens is the senior bat scientist in DMS’s bat research team, with >20 years of experience in bat research and conservation. He is the author of the Dutch National Bat Atlas and has published >50 papers and technical reports on bats, developed methods for survey and monitoring of bat species, and the role of bats in landscape planning and development ranging from wind energy, road planning to renovation of historical buildings.
22 Schillemans Dr. Schillemans is a senior project manager and team leader in DMS’s bat research team. He coordinates (and is actively involved in) more complex projects at DMS concerning bats and has a background in biology (plant pathology/microbial interactions and tropical ecology). He also leads (and actively contributes to) projects such as ‘Farmer looks for bats’, ‘Bats and viruses (Zoonoses in the Nigth)’, urban monitoring of bats with volunteers and professionals and the National Monitoring schemes for mammals.