Street lighting can impact bats’ feeding patterns and internal compasses, as well as the activity of their insect prey. However, a town in the Netherlands is taking steps to help the bats out.

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Zuidhoek Nieuwkoop, a housing development of around 90 sustainable homes near the Nieuwkoopse Plassen nature reserve, has installed what are thought to be the world’s first bat-friendly streetlights. The red LED light brighten the road for humans, but the the bats still perceive the light as darkness.

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