Heated Bat Boxes - Colony Box
Product code: 10568
This Heated Bat Box was developed as a response to repeated requests by ecologists, consultants and developers for a heated bat box that they could use in mitigation schemes when a development caused the loss of a maternity roost. The current guidance from Scottish Natural Heritage states that “the most effective form of mitigation for the loss of maternity roosts of pipistrelle species is the heated bat house.” It’s equally well suited if you simply want to provide a heated bat roost and potentially encourage a maternity colony to use the box.
The Large Colony Bat Box is our largest bat box, specially designed for large maternity colonies of Common Pipistrelles and Soprano Pipistrelles. With an internal volume of 0.019 cubic metres split between three crevices, it has plenty of space for maternity colonies of several hundred bats.
The internal waterproof heater enhances the temperatures inside the box with the temperature thermostatically controlled and set by the user. 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.
It is designed to be easy to install and operate, being genuinely ‘plug and play’, it simply plugs into a conventional socket with no wiring required. The Heated Bat Box comes as two parts. The bat box (to be fitted outside) complete with 10 metre long flexible cable, and the temperature control unit (to be fitted inside) complete with mains cord and 13A plug incorporating a residual current circuit breaker (RCD). The product has been developed so that it is ready to fit: no wiring needs to be undertaken by the user, and no electrician is required. You won't need any tools except those to fit the bat box on the wall, and secure the cable
Dimensions: 78 x 35 x 14 cm.
- In The Field
Bat boxes can be mounted on either buildings or trees. Try to position your box as high as possible 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. 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.
3 step installation :
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 (of both bats and humans) 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". Alarms warn of overheating and disconnection.
Please note: All bats and roosts are protected by law and you should only open a bat box to check it if you hold an appropriate licence.
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- 17mm entrance slot ideal for bats but deters birds.
Self cleaning box with an internal baffle to deflect droppings out of the entrance slot.
Close fitting panels and roof (precision cut by computer controlled equipment) with insulation above crevices to reduce draughts, improve heat retention and keep each crevice at a different temperature.
Internal ceramic heat sinks for improved temperature stability.
Bat ladder at base of box continues inside box to ensure bats find it easy to access and move around within the box.
Easy and safe to erect box on walls or trees - relatively light weight for its size with 6 screw holes for mounting.
Easy (2 screws) to remove roof for cleaning or inspection where permitted
- External surfaces treated with water based non-toxic, non-volatile wood treatment.
Manufactured in exterior grade FSC Certified European birch plywood
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