Over recent decades UK bats have suffered sharp population declines. Many species are insect feeding bats and loss of habitat supporting invertebrates on the which they feed and use of pesticides is a possible cause. Bats also need safe roosting and hibernation sites which are at risk from building and development work.
Working with The Bat Conservation Trust, Wildlife World have designed strong wooden bat boxes to provide suitable roosting spaces for these fascinating mammals with wonderful species names such as Pipistrelle, Natterer’s and Whiskered. Bat boxes must have thick sides to insulate the box from excessive temperature variations and a narrow entrance hole to prevent predation. You can put bat boxes high up in your garden and grow night-scented plants to attract night flying insects to help bats.
Worldwide there are more than a 1000 species of bat and many help humans by eating insects which can damage crops. Fruit eating species also provide pollination and seed dispersal to help with forest regeneration.