Our Heated Bat Boxes are large 3 crevice boxes suitable for larger roosts or maternity groups of pipistrelle bats. The Large Colony Bat Box is designed for large maternity colonies of Common Pipistrelles and Soprano Pipistrelles. The heater provides an artificially warmed roost space, the operating costs of which 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.
- Internal volume of 0.019 cubic metres
- Status display shows current temperature
- Ceramic heat sink
- Black external colouration to absorb heat
- 17 mm entrance that is perfect for bats
- Easy to install and operate - plug and play
- Operates on a conventional socket
- Precision cut close-fitting panels and roof
- Bat ladder that continues into the box
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 the box to be fitted high on the wall if needed. Easy and safe to erect box on walls or trees - relatively lightweight for its size with 3 screw holes for mounting.
MAINTENANCE: Easy (1 screw) to remove the roof for cleaning or inspection where permitted
Shipping charges are calculated at checkout stage based on the total weight of your order, the type of product and delivery postcode. We aim for next working day delivery on all UK mainland orders received before 2:30pm.
Prices quoted below exclude VAT.
UK mainland delivery starts at £7.92. Pallet deliveries vary depending on your postcode.
Highlands and Islands delivery starts at £25. For larger orders and pallet loads you will need to contact us for a quote. The following postcodes and areas are considered to be Highlands and Islands:
AB36-38, AB55-56, FK17-21, HS all postcodes, IV all postcodes, KA27-28, KW1-17, PA20-78, PH19-50, ZE1-3
Channel Islands, Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Scilly Isles
Northern Ireland delivery starts at £20 rising to £90 for orders up to 60kg. Please contact us for a quote for larger or palletised orders.
How quickly will I get my order?
We aim for next working day delivery on all UK mainland orders received before 2.30pm. Where products need to be made to order or are not a regular stock item, or during busy times of year, despatch times may be longer.
Typical delivery times are:
- 1 to 3 working days within the UK.
- 3 to 5 working days within Europe.
- 7 to 14 working days for the rest of the world.
If delivery is likely to take longer than this we will let you know as soon as we become aware of the delay.
If you need an item by a particular date please tell us when you place the order - it if is urgent, we recommend you call us on 01451 833181 to place your order.
How will I know when my order has been dispatched?
We will email you confirmation after your order has been despatched. You might not receive this confirmation email if you made a spelling mistake when you entered your email address. Login and check your registered email address. Spam filters in your email program may also block this type of email. Please check your junk mail folders.
Will I receive online tracking information?
We send parcels of all shapes and sizes so we use several different couriers and haulage companies. Some of these make tracking information available online, and where this is the case you will receive notification by email or text. If you need to track your parcel urgently then please contact us.
What happens if my order doesn't arrive?
If you do not receive your goods within 5 working days for UK orders, or 2 weeks for international orders, please contact us for tracking information.
If your goods do not arrive within 30 days of your order being accepted, please contact us within 40 days and you can opt for a full refund or for us to make good the non-delivery.
Items that are lost will be replaced or refunded by us.
What happens if my order arrives damaged?
Please contact us within 5 working days of receiving your order. You may need to obtain a Returns Number, and return the goods to us; parcels without a Returns Number may be refused. By prior agreement, we will refund the costs of return shipping by Royal Mail first class recorded delivery, or will arrange a collection for items over 2kg. Once we have received the damaged goods we will despatch a replacement or refund you in full.
How will my order be sent?
We will always use a reputable courier company. Smaller items are usually shipped using Royal Mail or Interlink, and larger items are sent usingTNT or Tuffnells. Palletised deliveries are with Hacklings.
A signature will always be required, so please ensure that someone is available to sign for your parcel. Please also ensure you either check the item for damages before signing, or sign for the goods as unchecked. If you need to arrange delivery for a specific time please contact us. There is usually an additional charge for timed delivery.
What countries do you ship to?
We can deliver to anywhere in the world, but you may need to contact us for a quote. You can purchase online if your order is being delivered to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Outside these countries you will need to place your order by phone or email.
If you are outside of the EU you may be liable for import taxes.
Important Information About Backorders
At Wildcare there are times when items are only available on a backorder basis, either due to high demand or if the item is a special order item. We refer to these as ‘backorder items.
Backorder items are clearly listed on our website as ‘Order To Reserve Stock (Backorder)’. Items that are in stock and ready to be shipped immediately are listed as ‘In Stock’.
When you place an order for a back order item or an order that includes back order items, a member of our team will be in contact within 48 hours of your order to confirm the lead time for delivery. For any queries before then, please call us on: 01451 833 181
We cannot guarantee that a backordered item will come back into stock or be delivered for a specific date, however we will always do our best to keep you informed and updated.
If your back order is urgent or required within a specific time frame we suggest to call us on 01451 833 181 so we can keep your requirements in mind throughout the waiting period.
If you receive damaged items or the wrong goods, please let us know straight away so that we can arrange for them to be returned to us and replaced as quickly as possible.
Please return goods, WITH THE RETURNS NUMBER MARKED ON THE PARCEL to: Wildcare, Eastgate House, Moreton Road, Longborough, GL56 0QJ
We may ask for a photograph any damaged items before we agree to replace them.