If you are focusing on crevice dwelling bat species then the Eco Kent Bat Box may well be the bat box you are looking for.
Why do we need to protect bats?
Bats play an important role within our environment. As well as performing some pollination, bats are a natural control of insect populations as these are their main food source. Bats are also a good indicator species of environmental health, with changes in populations reflecting local biodiversity.
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.
MATERIAL: Recycled LDPE plastic outer; FSC Certified, UK harvested rough sawn spruce interior
CONSTRUCTION: Outer recycled plastic panels fitted together using an integral tabbing system. Internal wooden roost crevices stapled together.
DIMENSIONS (MM): 520 x 230 x 160
CREVICES (MM): 18
WEIGHT (KG): 4.5
SPECIES: Designed for somewhere for crevice dwelling bats to roost. The two crevices are approximately 18mm wide, the ideal width for pipistrelles. Droppings on the landing area, stains around the lower parts of the box, and chittering noises from inside on warm afternoons and evenings are signs of occupation.
FIXING: 3 concealed keyhole fixings at top of the box.
SITING: Bat boxes can be mounted on both buildings and trees. Try to position your box as high as possible, between 4m and 6m, in a sheltered sunny place. Ideally, several boxes should be put up facing in different directions to provide a range of conditions. Bats need time to find and explore new homes, and it may be several years before boxes have residents – be patient.
MAINTENANCE: Assuming you are appropriately licensed, checking if the box is occupied is easy by shining a torch up into the crevices to see if any bats are roosting. Alternatively, you can check below the box for droppings as they will simply fall out. This also means that the box is self-cleaning and doesn’t require any maintenance as droppings will not build up inside occupied boxes.
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