Exemplary animal welfare for all of bavaria

In addition to numerous guests of honor, moderator and working group member jurgen thein was pleased that numerous cellar owners had also come. These environmentally conscious citizens of mitburg were thanked for providing a home for the bats on their property and for supporting the visits of the working group.

"Our knowledge of bat payment is the envy of other federal states", bernd-ulrich rudolph, head of the department for species and habitat protection at the bavarian state office for the environment in augsburg, noted. The regular monitoring in the district of habberge, which is one of the most extensive in all of bavaria, deserves high recognition. To express this achievement, harald amon, as spokesman for the working group, received a plaque from the hands of rudolph.

Personally so far only fleeting contact with the protected animals had gunther werner. In his greeting, the mayor of habfurt emphasized the fascination that must lie behind the volunteer work, because 30 years of bat protection also means a long time of perseverance.

Bernd janik from the lower nature conservation authority at the district office emphasized that the data collected by the working group is an important basis for the protection of the small marmosets. With these figures, it is possible to act accordingly, for example, if a constructional intervention in the habitat of the bat is planned.

"Your work cannot be praised enough", said also claudia beyer as representative of the higher nature conservation authority at the government of lower franconia in wurzburg. Always in close and trusting cooperation, the working group is the most important contact for the local authorities and mediator to the citizens.

Deputy district chairman andreas kiraly describes the working group as an important part of the federation’s nature conservation district group. Unfortunately, almost unnoticed by the population, the members acted quietly in the background, but thus contributed significantly to the preservation of the cultural landscape.

With matthias hammer, head of the coordination office for bat protection in northern bavaria at the university of erlangen, a pronounced expert gave the keynote speech. The graduate biologist noted that in no other district in bavaria are so many winter quarters known, which are also regularly controlled, as in the district of habberge. Hammer himself took part in the first excursions as early as 1985. "Bats are sensitive to changes in their environment", the expert explained and went on to say that it takes expertise to redesign something, for example in the renovation of cellars. The working group is very well positioned here, because he knows of no other county in which so many cellar entrances have been stabilized, said hammer. The "mouse-eared "bat is the most widespread type, according to its data, and is very strongly represented in nassach, burgpreppach, ebelsbach and ottendorf, among other places. Bechstein’s bats or the brown long-eared bat are rare and after the payments of the last 30 years, the population here has declined.

In a chronicle, working group spokesman harald amon reviews the last three decades. Markus butterweck, who was very active in the 1990s but unfortunately died prematurely, was highlighted in this context. Among other things, he had initiated the cellar projects. Old cloud cellars in knetzgau and zell, secured by the work group and thus providing a home for bats, were the beginning back then. Today there are more than 200 sites in the entire district, where the populations of the nocturnal animals are regularly determined in five excursions. In their spare time, the hard-working volunteers have made more than 25 cellars safe, some of which were already in danger of collapsing. Also the "bufdi-seminars in ebern have become a great success. Volunteers from all over germany regularly come together here to learn a lot about bats in theory and in practice, for example, how to build boxes as replacement quarters. An "institution in the steigerwald are anton bauerlein and hermann jager. The two members of the working group have been looking after more than 500 bat boxes for 20 years. Arthur scholl from unfinden cares for injured animals. As a bat consultant for the state office for the environment, he also provides the right information to burgers seeking information. The group is also proud of the discovery of the rare nymphal bat in the district in 2012. "Had we been on it a few weeks earlier, we had even discovered the first of its kind in all of bavaria", said amon and added that bat conservationists from another area in bavaria had beaten this to the punch.

For the musical entertainment on this festive evening provided klaus neubert with his guitar. Over a buffet prepared by ruth wacker and ingrid schenk, the bat enthusiasts were able to talk shop until late into the night.

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