Page last updated at 09:18 GMT, Saturday, 30 January 2010

Road closure for new aerial bat crossing

Lesser horseshoe bat
The bats cross the main road to reach feeding sites

Bats are being given a special crossing across a new road to stop them flying into cars.

The bat bridge will help the creatures navigate a safe route across the A487 after hedges and trees they used to follow were removed.

The bypass in Groeslon near Caernarfon will close for 12 hours on Sunday so the aerial crossing can be installed.

A spokesman said the assembly government was committed to protection and enhancement of protected species.

The road will be closed from the Groeslon roundabout to the Llanwnda roundabout from 0600 to 1800 GMT on Sunday, 31 January.

The spokesman said the bat bridge was part of "mitigating measures" to help the bats because of the road's impact on the Glynllifon Special Area of Conservation which is home to a lesser horseshoe bat colony.

The crossing will feature a pole on either site of the road with a thin line of net run between them.

He added that the bats would instinctively follow the poles and the net, rather than dipping into the traffic and being killed.

A spokeswoman for the Gwynedd Bat Group said the crossing was a good idea as the lesser horse-shoe bats follow lines of vegetation to reach feeding sites.

"Bats such as this follow a very specific route," said Sarah Cartmel, secretary of the Gwynedd Bat Group.

"They usually follow hedge and tree lines, so even the removal of a hedge will disrupt their flight."

Ms Cartmel said the bats stayed in vegetation to avoid predators, so crossed roads at points when trees either side created a canopy.

"A crossing is good for the bats as they don't fly out in the open," she added.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
Chapel's bats get roof protection
03 May 07 |  Wales
'Green' road helps bats to cross
02 May 06 |  North West Wales
Rare species projects grant boost
13 Oct 06 |  North West Wales
Appeal to find mysterious bats
17 Apr 08 |  Wales

RELATED BBC LINKS

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2013 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific