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DIY bat centre wins biodiversity prize

Germany’s only bat research project, based in Schleswig-Holstein, has been awarded with a UN prize to acknowledge its unique approach to studying the elusive animals.

The project, run by the forest authority of Bad Segeberg, has turned an old military station into a research facility that creates various conditions to study the resident bat population. The facility houses a population of 20,000 bats in a four-storey building, with each floor given its own climate and lighting to simulate the four seasons.

Local environment researchers teamed up with foresters to build the project by hand, with funding from the Schleswig-Holstein agency for environmental protection.

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