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History of Forest & Bird - Te Hoiere Bat Recovery Project

A small population of long-tailed bats roost in the large forest around the bridge and camp site. On warm summer evenings, bats can sometimes be seen in the twilight, circling high in the forest canopy or flying along the river.

The catastrophic and ongoing decline in New Zealand’s bats is a result of the mammalian predators (rats, stoats and cats) that arrived with humans.

With the assistance of volunteers, Forest & Bird has initiated a predator trapping program to protect the Pelorus Bridge bat population.