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bats in levada tunnels

Belguim
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bats in levada tunnels

Hi all,

just a few more days before we come over to Madeira. Our youngest, the 8-year old biologist, would like to know if there are any bats living in the tunnels of the levada walks. Anyone??

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1. Re: bats in levada tunnels

Probably not (too much human traffic), but you this company that does more thematic tours, maybe it's interesting to your 8-year old biologist birdsandcompany.com/en/…

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There are 3 kinds of bats on Madeira but very few. I haven never seen one surely not in levada tunnels. The only little animal one sees a lot is a harrnless little lizard.

Also not many birds. The flora is abundant on Madeira, the fauna not so much.

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Hi eMVee,

here's a link for you:

madeira-fauna-flora.com/index.php/en/walks-a…

I can't remember myself, that I ever saw bats in levadatunnels, but i didn't search for them and also I think that they don't rest in tunnels where often people run. So ask the specialists of madeira fauna & flora ;-)

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4. Re: bats in levada tunnels

Dutchguy you are totally wrong about birds there are at least over 50 species in and around the Island and seas. Madeira is a place where many serious bird watchers come to see indigenous and rare birds.

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5. Re: bats in levada tunnels

Hi all,

thanks for the replies. He'll probably use his torch to look in all nooks and crannies iso shining it to see where to walk. If we find any, we'll let you know.

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...just heard from a friend, that once he had seen bats coming out of a levada tunnel, but it's a nearly forgotten area, but I remember that I've been there some years ago, so here's the story:

In 2011 an other member of german forum-madeira who works as a walking guide at Madeira had "discovered" this tunnel, and so next time we also wanted to see it.

It is in the Rabacal area, not far away from 25-Fontes-Levada.

When you are standing at the northside of the "Riders-Tunnel" (I hope it's so called in English, the german name is "Reitertunnel") where the 25-Fontes-Levada is led to the southside you may notify a path that's leading at the right side westward.

If you follow this path which becomes very narrow and mostly overgrown ~2 km you may find another tunnel, even high as the "Rider's Tunnel". It is a relic of an old levada, that no more exists. Formerly the water of the "Risco-Levada" that today near the "Rider's Tunnel" flows into the 25-Fontes-Levada was lead to this tunnel (at Forum-Madeira.de we call him the "Mac-Murphy-Tunnel" because the "discoverer" bears this username ;-). So since 1877 when the "Rider's Tunnel" was opened this old part of the Rabacalsystem was used no more. (btw: this is also the reason, why the 25-Fontes-Levada sometimes is also called "Levada Nova"- in those times it was in the Rabacal-area the newest one.)

Okay, please excuse this excurse ;-)

So my friend told me, that one day at dusk he was here at the "Mac-Murphy-Tunnel", and there he saw some bats coming out of it.

But if you would take the walk to it and want to go into this tunnel that still is open to the southside -shall mean: you can go through it- take some gum boots with you: inside the mud is about 20 cm high, and as we were there, we dropped this kind of spa ;-)

btw: mostly there are no car fumes in levada tunnels ;-)

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8. Re: bats in levada tunnels

eMVee

you do not need to go to the trouble of looking for bats in tunnels!

We live in Calheta most of the year and see in places such as Paul do Mar next to the sea bats flying around street lamp poles next to the banana fields often. You just need to walk up one of the Veredas in Paul do Mar away from the sea front road. Also, just after sunset we have seen bats flying back and forth along the forest sections of the levada nova between Prazeres and Arco da Calheta looking for and eating insects on and above the earth walls next to the levada.

Another bonus of coming to Paul do Mar at night is hearing the strange bird call of the Cory Shearwaters flying into their nests in the cliff faces!

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Madeira pipistrelle habitat

The Madeira pipistrelle is found in a wide range of habitats, occurring from sea level up to 2,150 metres (2) (9). It forages over aquatic habitats, such as lakes, ponds and wetlands, as well as woodland and farmland (1). It is also known to forage around towns and villages (9). This species appears to prefer lowland habitats on Madeira (1).

The Madeira pipistrelle shelters in the cracks and crevices of cliffs, in nest boxes, and under roofs and arches in old abandoned buildings. It has also been found to take refuge behind metal plates installed on the trunks of the Canary Island palm (Phoenix canariensis) on the island of La Gomera (2) (9).

source with images: arkive.org/madeira-pipistrelle/…

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