If you want to provide a thermostatically controlled artificially warmed roost space then this heated bat box is ideal. The operating costs of the heated bat box are modest. Even if the heater is left on 12 months of the year the cost of electricity is unlikely to exceed £20.
This bat box contains a factory fitted heating system, with a 50 watt heater near the base, which can be altered with a temperature controller. The unit has been made to be safe, with a wireframe "fireguard" to protect bats, alarm for disconnection or over-heating, IP66 rated electrical connections and residual current circuit breaker.
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: Box - FSC Certified Exterior Grade European Birch Plywood with ceramic inserts; Controller - ABS plastic.
CONSTRUCTION: Panels stapled together with surface sunk staples.
FINISH: External surfaces treated with water-based non-toxic non-volatile wood treatment, with active constituent natural borate mineral salt.
This box comes as two parts; The bat box to be fitted outside, comes complete with a 10metre flexible cable and the control box which is fitted inside, comes complete with mains cord and 13A plug and RCD.
- HEATING: 50W ceramic heating
- DIMENSIONS (MM): 490 x 260 x 130
- ENTRANCE(MM): 17
- INTERNAL: 3 internal crevices c. 20 mm wide with 3 ceramic inserts.
- WEIGHT (KG): 6.6
SPECIES: common pipistrelles, soprano pipistrelles and barbastelle bats
SITING: 10 metre (approx) flexible cable permanently fixed to bat box, to allow box to be fitted high on wall if needed. Easy and safe to erect box on walls or trees - relatively light weight for its size with 3 screw holes for mounting.
MAINTENANCE: Easy (1 screw) to remove the roof for cleaning or inspection where permitted
How to set it up;
1. Run the 10 metre long flexible cable down the wall, into the house or building and plug it into the Temperature Controller.
2. Plug the Temperature Controller into a mains socket.
3. If the power is then switched on, and the RCD plug clicked in, the heating system will be working.
Safety has been built into this product by design. All the electrical parts are fully enclosed and the external items double insulated, while in the unlikely case that there is a problem, there is a malfunction alarm and cut-off, and an integrated residual current circuit breaker to protect all users (bats and humans) from electrical shock. The bats are protected from getting too close to the heater by a small "fireguard". There are audible alarms fitted to warn of overheating and when disconnection has occurred
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