Bats thrive in open country but like to be close to a building where there are plenty of insects.
They also like water nearby.
Many European Bats are now threatened species and putting up Bat nesting boxes offers them an ideal home. A number of Bat species live in holes in tree trunks, but as there is a lack of old hollow trees, boxes are a good alternative.
It is good to put up several boxes in the same area, as Bats like to have other nests if they are threatened or disturbed.
Another advantage of putting up boxes is that you avoid having Bats in the house, because many of them like nesting in attics. They only need a small gap, just a centimeter, to find a way in.
Bats are real mosquito hunters; Did you know that a single Bat can eat up to 5000 mosquitoes in one night?
Important: It is illegal to disturb any Bat when it is roosting, or to kill, injure or handle a Bat without a license.
If your Bat box is occupied or you find a sick or injured animal, then please contact your local wildlife trust or Bat group.