For this month's My Wild Garden Year challenge, put up bat boxes to look after your nocturnal neighbours.
Make a home for bats in your garden and put up bat boxes on large trees or buildings. Be aware that bats are protected, so avoid trees or buildings that you wish to do work on in the future where possible.
1. You can buy good quality boxes from many suppliers, or if you are feeling crafty you can make your own using the dimensions in the links below. Make sure you use untreated wood and choose wood with a rough texture to give bats something to cling to.
2. Site boxes 3-5m above the ground, on trees or houses, in partial sunlight and away from the prevailing wind. A clear flight path to the box is preferential for bats.
Don’t worry if your bat box isn’t used straight away, bats are quite particular and will move around according to time of year.
You can get full instructions for erecting bat boxes by clicking this link and the pictures below, as well as more hints and tips for wildlife gardening in August.
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