Volume 2, Issue 1, Winter 1985

Bat Preserve in Queensland


Dr. Les Hall reports that the Pine Rivers Shire Council recently zoned a disused railway tunnel as a bat reserve for educational and scientific use. The tunnel contains a permanent colony of Large-footed Bats (Myotis adversus) and is occasionally used by Schreiber's Bent-winged (Miniopterus schreibersii) and Southern Horseshoe Bats (Rhinolophus magaphyllus). Several attempts were made to establish a mushroom farm and an "underground"restaurant in the tunnel, and local vandals had dumped cars and lit fires in the entrance. The local council now has organized a clean-up of the area and has erected suitable gates across the entrance to create a bat sanctuary.

Researchers will be allowed to monitor the bats, and school children, under supervision, will be allowed to visit the tunnel to see the bats.

All articles in this issue:

Sorry, no PDF available.