The ‘bat pole’ along the Jeker is the first winner of the Made for Maastricht design award. It was designed to provide a ‘home’ for bats that have lost their sleeping or wintering place due to the demolition of buildings or felling of trees. There are a number of species of bats within Tapijn. They use the older trees within Tapijn and some of the buildings as places to sleep and/or winter. If you walk across Tapijn at dusk in spring or summer, you will see bats flying by above the water or between the trees.
Relationship with humans
Why we do what we do
Many people can also admire bats in their own garden as they sit outside during mild evenings. At dusk, they come out of their hiding places to go hunting. Bats live in caves and caverns, but attics, cavity walls, and cellars are also suitable for certain bat species. In this way, bats can benefit from the presence of humans. The other side of the coin is that people often destroy these places of residence; buildings are demolished or renovated and trees are chopped down. In some cases, mitigating or compensatory measures are required. This is also the case within Tapijn. Just look at the trees; many trees have bat boxes to compensate for previously felled trees in which bats lived.
The flying membrane is not made of dead material, as it is in birds, but of living skin with blood vessels and tendons.