Project Echo

Hamilton city's bat research project

The Hamilton city bat research project is a staged research programme with the primary aims of
  1. increasing knowledge of the distribution and habitat use of Hamilton city long-tailed bats, and
  2. monitoring log-term trends in activity at key monitoring sites. A combination of habitat modelling and acoustic site surveys will be used to understand where bats are located throughout the city, how they may move through the landscape, and how this changes over time. Long-term monitoring of bats is an integral part of this research project, with monitoring to take place annually for at least five, but ideally ten years.
The project plans to use knowledge of bat distribution, habitat use and activity trends to guide restoration of habitat, based on an ethos of community involvement in, and education of, Hamilton's urban ecosystems that are utilised by bats. The involvement of the community is an integral part of this research, partnering with tangata whenua and the development and utilisation of trained volunteer community groups as part of the on-going survey rounds.
One goal that we will be working towards is providing better knowledge to drive a city-wide management plan of bats, in order to work as much as we can with infrastructure development currently in progress or proposed; while also pushing for bat conservation, habitat preservation and restoration to ensure Hamilton still has a population of bats (ideally one that thrives) in ten years' time; and beyond.

Project Echo leader Hannah Meuller

Project Echo leader Hannah Meuller