A time for Bats
For those of us who have bats around, you will not have missed the fact that they are very active at the moment, having finished with the breeding season, they are out and about with the young offspring, showing them the ropes. The young bats are finding out where food sources are and looking for a new home.
We have some Pipistrelle bats in our garage, they have been there as long as we have (15 years now) and we love to watch them circle the house - occasionally venturing into the rooms, but close the door and open the window and they soon find the way out again. Last year we put up four 1 FF bat boxes
, all facing different directions, two were occupied last year and the other two this year, (a good tip is not to put the box above a window - now I know they are occupied because the window sill is covered with droppings!)
Bat boxes want to be situated about four or five meters above ground, ideally in a quiet location and close to water, as the insects attracted to the water are the bat's food. We don't have a pond or anything like that, but we do seem to have a lot of insects around the garden, so I guess we are luck like that. Apart form locating the bat box, there is nothing else you need to do, the bats will find the box if they want to and then you can leave it to them, in fact it is against the law to disturb them, so the only way you know if they have occupied a box is by watching for them to enter or exit the box or seeing droppings below.
We stock six types of bat box, the Schwegler range is the best, this is because it is made from Woodcrete, a natural concrete like substance that is good for insulation and keeps the inside of the box a more consistent temperature, there are also some very subtle design considerations inside the box that appeal to the bats and so encourage them to use the bat boxes.
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Specialist design and natural insulation make the Schwegler bat boxes the best in the world and give the highest occupancy rates.[/caption]