City’s Micro Bat Project To Help Reduce Mosquito Populations

18 February 2020 4:00 PM

The City of Kalamunda is encouraging residents and schools to participate in a habitat enhancement project to create homes for local micro bats that it is hoped will reduce local mosquito numbers.

A White Striped Mastif Bat being held in a handImage: A White Striped Mastif Bat

Mayor Cr Margaret Thomas said the project complements previous projects rolled-out by the City to protect and revive native animal and bird populations including quendas and bandicoots.

“The City will collect data on current mosquito populations and trouble spots while partnering with the Foothill’s Men’s Shed to build the boxes,” Cr Thomas said.

“City staff will then install the boxes in priority locations while working with schools and the community to deliver education programs.

“Volunteers from Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre will assist in monitoring the habitat boxes.”

Cr Thomas encouraged residents and local schools to contact the City to enquire about building and housing the habitat boxes on their own properties.

“City staff have details and designs they can share to help residents create their own micro bat boxes and also work with schools too,” she said.

More details about the micro bat habitat project are available from the City by calling 9257 9999 or emailing enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

An olive green bat box installed on a tree trunkImage: A habitat bat box

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