Bats are very choosy selecting roosts preferring warm quarters out of draughts and protected from the prevailing weather. The box should be well constructed with no gaps in any of the joints of the unit. The lid should not be hinged as this can disturb or even injure inhabitants. The entrance gap should have a rough landing strip as bats cannot hang from smooth surfaces.
We sell a whole range of bat boxes made natural timber and long wearing woodcrete (a blend of wood, concrete and clay which will not rot, crack, leak or warp for at least 10 years). Our bat boxes are suitable for many different species of bats found in the UK. The Schwegler range are designed with specific bat species in mind and we have two Schwegler Bat Boxes for sale the 2F which is the standard and most popular bat box and is an ideal starter and the 2FN which is larger than the 2F and is ideal for woodland bat species.
If you’re looking for an easy to mount bat box on a house or wall our Natural Timber model is ideal as it is fixed to walls or trees with a single screw in minutes.
The Low Profile Bat Box can house up to 15 Pipistrelle bats and is made of long life wood concrete.
Bats use different roosts during the season. Breeding and hibernation as well as prevailing weather conditions will dictate their roost requirements. Experts recommend hanging 2-3 boxes to allow for the changes of quarters.
On a tree this can mean siting boxes at various locations around the trunk, whereas on a building any given box may only be used for part of the year (i.e. a North, North-Easterly sited box, receiving no sunshine, is highly unlikely to be used during the breeding season but may be adopted as a winter roost for hibernation).
Much of our natural landscape has been altered, leaving a shortage of natural nesting places. As a result, habitats may be occupied by other species such as birds, bumble bees, wasps, and mice. All of them deserve our help, so leave them undisturbed. Specialised habitats can also be installed for such creatures.
Related Internet Links
Bat Conservation Trust
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