Our branch has installed “bat motels” in Geraldine and Kakahu areas where longtailed bats frequent.
A lack of natural roosting places in the area means that bats need some artificial housing.
The German-designed bat motels provide bats with safe and comfortable roosting places, and are monitored to see how often they are being used.
Our former chairperson, John Talbot, led the fundraising effort and purchased 100 bat motels in 2003.
We have recently made some additions; a strip of plastic has been added to the bottom of each motel to catch droppings, so that we know which rooms are being used.
We have found that while bats have taken a few years to “check in” to the motels, many are now frequented regularly, with weta and Southern Alp geckos also being regular guests.