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The little brown bat, Myotis Lucifugus, is the focus of this intervention. Not only is this tiny insect-eating bat an intriguing create in its own right, it is also an excellent pollinator and important contributor to the urban ecosystem; its droppings function as a superior fertilizer for plant growth.
A series of bat nesting boxes are placed on the verge between the Hodiamont Tracks and Laurel Street. Oak trees are planted within the paved surface of the inaccessible section of Laurel Street that runs parallel to the tracks forming a shady plaza and an active node. The oaks provide roosting sites and a rich food-source for the bats. Gabion benches promote community gathering and new paths strengthen access between the neighborhood and the Tracks.
The bats offer educational opportunities, and local residents are encouraged to install additional bat boxes on their own homes.
Architecture | Urban, Community and Regional Planning
© 2019 McAllister
McAllister, Graham, "Biodiverse Batway" (2019). Margetts Beeline. 6.