After many wonderful years in the old station in the forest Eilenriede, in which our first aviary for bat patients stood, it was time to "pack the suitcases", because the aviary was too small for the many patients. But where do you go with bats? Thanks to the Capital of Hanover and the former environmental department leader Hans Mönninghoff we found an old building, which could be suitable as an accommodation. When we entered the new property for the first time, there was no light, no water, no drains, no doors, and the window holes were closed with boards. But - we had a lot of imagination and really no choice. So it was time to start! The then not even 10 people strong Bat team started despite all concerns "You'll never make it!". The bats came to a temporary winter quarter where they were taken care of daily, while we also took care of the expansion of the new bat center and its financing. With the help of the company "Around the house" we tirelessly built on the aviaries. At least the area for the animals, initially 200 m², should be ready in the Spring 2012 and all official permits must be there at that time. And so it was! In March 2012, the bat center opened the doors for the animals. But we were not done yet! We were still carrying water in canisters up the stairs. But we were not deterred. We continued and that not only on the construction, because more and more bat friends came along and helped us. The team became stronger and stronger. Unfortunately, we also had to say goodbye to our former biologist and co-founder of the bat center Elke Mühlbach and our hard-working activist Rüdiger Klose we have lost forever due to illness. Both of them could not ever see the Bat Center, but we will continue to fight for the bats.
Meanwhile, the bat center is further expanded. Various functional rooms were completed, a medical treatment room, another aviary, a workshop and a large flight training room were added.
Today the team counts about 50 activists and 20 supporters. We participate in various events, give lectures and cooperate with the School Biology Center Hannover in environmental education. Countless bat patients have come to our station so far, most of them are already healthy wild and free back in nature.
At this point, we would like to thank all those who have made the dream of the bat center come true. First and foremost, there are our many activists, some of them are daily and tirelessly in action for the animals - but there are you, too, who donate, share our postings or have adopted bats. There are also our big supporters such as the Capital Hannover, the Region Hanover, the BINGO environmental foundation, AbInBev, bat foundation, and there are also the companies that are volunteering for us, like Lagershausen safety technology and fire protection Berge and the companies, who set up donation boxes or donate part of the sales proceeds of certain products to us. And we also thank all the hard-working helpers in the background, whose individual contributions can not all be listed.
We wish you a merry Christmas and all the best for 2018
BUND Hannover Region
We are there - every day and on a voluntary Basis!