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Bat hotel in Western Pomerania

There are bats lodging at many of Deutsche Bahn's properties. These winged creatures often seek shelter in old buildings, underpasses and tunnels. All of Germany's bat species have been protected by law for many years. So whenever we launch a building project in their old homes, we find the bats a new place to live, devising a solution for each specific species.

A hotel for barbastelle bats 

For example, we converted an old brickyard at Ducherow in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania into a hotel for the protected species of barbastelle bats, by inserting partitions into arches in the brickwork and drilling entrance holes for them to fly into.

A new home in old tunnels and railroad facilities 

Also, following the closure of the 900-meter-long Schwarzkopf tunnel in Lower Franconia in Bavaria, when we filled it in with the excavated material from the new Falkenstein tunnel, we made a space with holes for bats to enter and set up their winter quarters. A home for bats has also been created at the Kaiserbahnhof station in Potsdam or at the Norddeich Mole station in Lower Saxony.

Bats also live at our rail lines in Upper Lusatia. So we converted some old military facilities, several bunkers and three watchtowers for the modernization of the Knappenrode-Horka line to make them bat-friendly. The first guests are already using the bunkers as their winter quarters. And the watchtowers will also be very popular with larger groups. The bats can use the places for courtship and mating and can raise their offspring undisturbed. Barbastelle bats and pipistrelles are especially happy here.