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The project engineer for the motorway, Tony Collins, “green overpass” has been specifically designed as a flight corridor to channel bats across the bridge. It will allow lesser horseshoe bats to safely cross the motorway to feeding grounds at Coole Park and a roosting site at Kiltartan Cave which were separated by the motorway. The bridge has been planted with hedgerow vegetation to “guide bats to and from the bat bridge,” Mr Collins added. Kieran Flood, Conservation Officer for the Irish Wildlife Trust, welcomed the construction of the bridge and the incorporation of wildlife crossings into infrastructure designs in Ireland. “Any measures to reduce the degree of habitat fragmentation caused by motorway construction is a welcome step in the right direction,” he added.