As part of our environmental work we will be installing a number of bat roosting boxes at various locations across the club grounds.
Bats are amazing animals that are important to our ecosystems. Like us, The National Trust are keen to help these mammals and they tell us they believe we have at least three species at Staunton Harold;
- Pipistrelles, these are the commonest British bats, weighing about the same as a 20p piece. A single pipistrelle can eat 3,000 tiny insects in just one night!
- Daubentons are known as the ‘water bat’, they fish insects from the water’s surface with their large feet or tail
- Brown long-eared bats have huge ears provide exceptionally sensitive hearing – they can even hear a ladybird walking on a leaf!
Providing bat boxes is important as they increase roosting and resting opportunities for bats. In the summer they are used for rearing their young and the winter for hibernation.
We are fortunate to have had six bat boxes donated to the club. We will be installing these in September as phase one, 3 on either side of the club grounds to provide the most opportunities for occupation.
Bats often prefer to roost in groups. Therefore installing boxes in clusters works really well. But to do this we need your support to increase the number of bat boxes around the club site.
How club members can help
If you would like to support us in helping the bats at Staunton Harold there are two different ways you can help;
- Buy and donate a bat box . We will put your name and any comments you would like to add on the box
- Build and donate your bat box. Again we will add your name & comments to the box.
Anyone wishing to donate a box please contact: email@example.com
Buying/ building a bat box
Building your own wooden bat box can be a really fun family activity and they are simple to construct. Here are a few tips for those of you who are intrepid DIYers! This could be a great Halloween activity!
Wooden bat boxes are usually cubic or rectangular. They feature a grooved ‘bat ladder’ and a narrow entrance slit at the bottom. They can be nailed to trees or walls.
Bats do not like draughts. They 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. This is usually 15 – 20 mm.
Things to remember:
- Make sure joints are well sealed and avoid large, loose-fitting front panels.
- All timber used in bat boxes should be rough sawn (not planed). And must be untreated from sustainable sources
- Keep entrance slits small (15 -20mm)
- Removable lids should not be used and the box should not be opened