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Conservation Bat Box

Bat box with twin vertical chambers and an angled cut-away front showing ladder style grooves.

Design features:

  • Chambers may be accessed for inspection by licensed bat workers via the hinged roof which is secured by a brass catch and removable screw.
  • Handmade from untreated, solid, high quality, durable timber.
  • Designed for multi-species.
  • Decorative finish on the front is water-based paint only.
  • Design approved by The Bat Conservation Trust.
  • Aimed at conservation professionals and pro-landscapers.

Bats are a schedule 1 protected species under the Wildlife & Countryside Act. It is illegal for any member of the public to disturb a roost, handle or kill any bat. Bat boxes therefore may only be inspected by a licensed bat worker. 

However, you can monitor your bat box without disturbance, look for mouse-sized droppings beneath the box as a clue to occupation or observe from a distance at dusk to see if bats are exiting the box to hunt.

Siting

The bat box should be sited high up between 2.5m and 5m on a building or mature tree using the pre-drilled recycled plastic hanger.

The ideal aspect is so the box receives only part sun during the day North, South West or South East. If it is on an existing feeding or flight route you are more likely to get occupation.

Size: 450mm (h) x 330mm (w) x 140mm (l)

Price: £50.00

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Here are some interesting bat facts:

• A tiny Pipistrelle bat can eat up to 3,000 insects in a night.

• Bats can live up to 30 years.

• Bats are more closely related to people than mice.

• Britain's most common bat, the Pipistrelle, is only 4cm long and weighs about 5 grams - less than a 2p coin!

• Bats do not build nests; they hang up or creep into cracks and crannies.

• Bats have excellent navigation skills - they won't get caught in your hair!

Threats to Bats in Britain

UK bat populations have declined considerably during the past century. They continue to be threatened by various factors including:

• Loss of feeding habitats and flight lines.

• Loss of insects to feed on as a result of habitat loss, pesticides.

• Climate change.

• Loss of roost sites as a result of building and development work.

• Artificial light illuminating roosts and delaying emergence of bats, leading to shorter hunting windows for the mammals.

Nest boxes for Bats

Although not as widely used as bird boxes, bats can be offered additional roost sites by the provision of purpose built bat boxes. These can be installed as high as possible on trees or on the side of buildings. The box should face approximately south, away from the prevailing weather, but additional boxes can also be installed on the same tree or nearby to face south-east and south-west to give the bats a choice of roosts to compensate for the position of the sun at different times of the year.

Boxes are most likely to be used if they are placed in an area where bats are likely to feed, such as near rivers and ponds, woodland and parkland.

UK Bats and the Law

All British bats and their roosts are protected by UK law and it is an offence to handle or intentionally disturb a wild bat unless you possess the appropriate licence. If a building has a bat roost, the building cannot be developed without first contacting the local authority to ensure the mammals are not compromised. These restrictions are vital to ensure these threatened small mammals are afforded as much protection as possible.

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