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Where is ‘Batman’ hiding in the city of Antwerp?

Bats are fascinating animals that have captured our imagination for centuries. How common they are in the Antwerp city centre, the area within the Ring Road, is part of Sweco’s fauna and flora inventory study. This study is commissioned by the City of Antwerp.

Besides these mysterious creatures, our Ecosystem Services team (BUUR) also investigates the presence of other specific species, such as moths, and plants. These are very useful for biodiversity, but they also need to constantly adapt to changes in the urban environment.

How is the counting done?

We do so using a ‘bioblitz’ in which we record as many species of animals and plants as possible in a clearly defined area within 24 hours. Using modern scanning technology and proven methods, we patiently use our eyes and ears.

For instance, we set moth traps and bat detectors in the ZOO, on the PAKT site and at various schools and service centres. The result of this thorough biomonitoring gives an overall picture of the city’s biodiversity. This inventory is part of actions within the Antwerp 2030 climate plan.

Experience Antwerp’s ‘wildlife’ on World Animal Day

On 4 October, we would like to invite you to a unique public event about our inventory project. Together with Antwerp for Climate, we will show you how we are mapping nature in the city. You are not only a spectator, you can also take part in a counting session for moths and/or bats. This way, you will learn how to observe and record nature like a true professional.

This free event will take place at the Ecohouse (Turnhoutsebaan 139, Borgerhout), from 7pm to 10pm. Everyone is welcome after registering on this website. See you then!