Bats do not like draughts, and prefer well insulated boxes where temperature and humidity remain constant. They also need a rough textured wood to cling to. The wood should not be treated because bats are very sensitive to chemicals. A ‘bat ladder’ or other landing area that leads to an entry slit wide enough to admit bats, but narrow enough to keep out predators is also essential, usually 15 – 20 mm. Once up, a bat box cannot be opened legally without a licence. For more information on bats and the law call the Bat Helpline (0345 1300 228).
• Where bats are known to feed close to hedges and tree lines
• Ideally at least 4m above the ground (where safe installation is possible)
• Sheltered from strong winds and exposed to the sun for part of the day (usually south or south-west)
Click here for more advice.
Our boxes are available to collect on Wednesday mornings from our base in Winter Hill Road, Cookham Dean SL6 6PJ, or at other times/locations by prior arrangement. They are also available in kit form for assembly by adults and supervised children. We will bring kits along to schools, scout groups, wildlife groups etc. and provide assembly guidance. Contact us for further information.