We’ve heard of some weird and wonderful uses for old recycled tyres – but this one is the battiest by far.
Around 800 locally-sourced scrap tyres are being used to build a tunnel for fruit bats on the island of Jersey.
There are only about 1,100 Livingstone’s fruit bats left in the wild and the ones at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust will have the tunnel made of earth-filled tyres to call home.
About 400 staff from HSBC are involved in the work and have finished the first stage of the project, the trust said.
Deputy head of mammals Dominic Wormell said the new habitat would be more energy-efficient when completed.
The project, which is expected to take four weeks to complete, involves upgrading the current tunnel that houses the Livingstone’s fruit bat.
The tyres are being be filled with earth and used to create the exterior wall of the new tunnel, the trust said.
The tunnel would provide the perfect environmental conditions for the tropical Livingstone’s fruit bat, it added.
The Durrell Trust has had the bats since 1992, and has been involved in international captive breeding programmes.
Denna Bowman, Head Office