We like bats... we have two donated bat boxes that we need to site in the garden.
In July 2015, as part of our Wild Weekend, we went bat watching/listening and saw/heard three species of bats in the garden. This might have been helped by having a mercury vapour moth lamp set up so the bats were probably very busy moth catching too:
In July 2016, we repeated this and this time our bats were outside the garden between the gate and the car park. Guy thinks there is a probably maternity roost of serotine bats nearby in a building.
The photo above is of the bat-watching people just before it got dark in 2015 (I don't have any bat pictures - yet!).
If you are in the park or garden near dusk, you will often see bats flying around. We don't know where they are roosting. We could think about putting some bat boxes up in the trees somewhere but we'd need some more advice about this.
We could think about providing bat boxes, which need to be made with untreated wood and erected in a sheltered position as high as possible between 1.5 and 5m from the ground. Two or three can be placed on a tree facing South-East to South-West, close to vegetation, including hedgerows.
Last updated: 4 November 2018