3.2 Bat tower, Boekelo

This tower serves as compensation for bat roosts that were removed in the renewal of the N18 road between Enschede and Varsseveld in the eastern part of the Netherlands. It functions as a breeding and winter stay for the common pipistrelle, and as a summer and winter stay for the serotine bat and the rare brown long-eared bat. The plinth of the building has a rough finish to offer grip for bats that climb in from below. The old-Dutch pantile roof also provides cavities. Gypsum walls in the interior of the tower have openings of 2 to 3 centimetres. These openings and nests in the top are replacement housing for bats looking for a new home.

-Boekelo (NL) 2016

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