In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or of such extravagant appearance that it transcends the range of garden ornaments usually associated with the class of buildings to which it belongs. source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folly
In 1929, Richard Clyde Perky constructed this tower in Sugarloaf Key hoping that bats would eat malaria-spreading mosquitoes in Key West. Unfortunately, the bats soon left the tower. Two comparable ‘hygiostatic’ towers by ecologist Charles Campbell, meanwhile, are currently in use as bat nurseries.
Due to the construction of the N18, the Twenteroute, the bats’ current habitat has been demolished. A few hundred meters away, the Teesinkbos with its combination of open and closed forest, open water and Teesinkbeek provides a food-rich environment. From their new residence, the bats can hunt for insects along the forest edge and above […]