Laura Sharman 03 September 2019

UK's first bat-friendly street lights are switched on

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New LED lighting that emits a red glow to provide a bat friendly crossing has been completed in Worcestershire.

The UK's first bat highway ensures that the new lighting does not affect bats and their flying and feeding habits.

The project, near to Warndon Wood nature reserve, is a collaboration between Worcestershire County Council and Jacobs.

Cllr Ken Pollock, Worcestershire County Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for economy and infrastructure said: ‘These ground-breaking lights are a great example where we have been able to adapt the usual standards to better suit the local environment.

''The crossing itself will very much benefit those traveling between the city centre and the business park. The adapted lighting being used may look a little different at first, but we’d like to assure those using the area at night that the colour of the lights has been through stringent testing and adheres to all safety checks.’

Visibility for drivers and pedestrians is not affected by the red light and the scheme is fully compliant with the required standards.

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