Bats

Most Bats feed on flying insects, such as mosquitos and crane flies [Daddy-long-legs that become Leatherjackets] so they can be a useful form of natural pest control in your garden! They are the only mammal capable of true flight and are a protected species in the UK. This means that colonies must not be moved or disturbed if you find them in your garden, outbuildings or even roof. Some pesticides can be very harmful to them, either because they kill their food source or when they come into contact with insecticides used in roof timbers for timber protection. Bats can be encouraged by allowing access to roof spaces, if free of pesticide treaments , and by the addition of well designed and sited bat boxes.  There are 18 species of Bats in the UK.

Some relatively common species of Bat found in the UK include;

Common Pipistrelle [ Pipistrellus pipistrellus ]

Serotine [ Eptesicus serotinus ]

Brown Long-eared Bat [ Plecotus auritus ]

Greater Horseshoe Bat [ Rhinolophus ferrumequinum ]

Bats populations can be protected and increased  by using few or no pesticides and by providing Bat boxes to create artificial roosts to encourage bats into areas where there are few natural habitats for them. Also by planting wildflowers that attract insects they can feed on.

             

 


  • Double Chamber Bat Box

    Photo of Bats are in need of habitat as many of their roosting places have been lost over recent years. This oak/larch/acacia double chambered box provides a suitable habitat for many bats.
    Price: £22.95 More information

    Bats are in need of habitat as many of their roosting places have been lost over recent years. This oak/larch/acacia double chambered box provides a suitable habitat for many bats.

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