June, 18th, 2016, the Łaskawy kamień Lime-kiln in Stara Morawa, near Stronie Śląskie, celebrates the opening of the Chiropterium – a bat observatory. Łaskawy kamień means Benevolent stone in English.

Now, visitors to the Mt Snieznik will have even better opportunity to learn about bats, especially the Lesser horseshoe and Greater Mouse-eared bats. The hosts, Jolanta and Michał Rybczyński, welcomed the attendees: friends of the place, tourists and bat specialists – Tomasz Kokurewicz from the Nature Science University and Podkowiec+ staff: Rafał Szkudlarek, Renata Paszkiewicz and Piotr Firlej.

At the opening ceremony, Tomasz Kokurewicz talked about life of the Lesser horseshoe and Greater mouse-eared bats. He informed about his findings near the Wapiennik, where female Lesser horseshoe bats had been seen flying during the daytime.

The participants learned also that the horseshoe bats belong to the sedentary species, which on one hand, makes it easier to protect them, but on the other, makes them very sensitive to the changes imposed by people. The place to move would have to exist in close vicinity.

Wapiennik is one of the first observatories in Poland, equipped with the infrared cameras, showing the bats without human disturbance. It is very important, as the lactating females are extremely sensitive to stress.
From the presentation of Piotr Firlej, the attendees learned about the Land of the Horseshoe Bat concept and were updated with the educational activities of the LIFE Podkowiec+ project.

More information on the LIFE Podkowiec+ on the project website. We invite also to the web site of the Wapiennik Łaskawy Kamień, for the information about, and insight into the life of the lesser horseshoe bats.


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