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Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

26th October 2016

Here are seven things that you can do in your garden to ensure that it's a rich resource for bats

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

26th October 2016

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

26th October 2016

In the UK, we are lucky enough to have 17 different types of bats. They range from the tiny pipistrelle bat which is just a few centimetres long, to the larger noctule bat, which is still smaller than an adult’s hand!

These small and fascinating creatures often live in close proximity to us, using our gardens as an important source of food, water and shelter. As their natural habitats become more scarce, our gardens are playing a more important role in securing a future for bats. Bats are a sign of a healthy environment, so creating a garden that’s good for bats will also be good for people. Here are seven things you can do:

  • Plant night-scented flowers
  • Build a pond
  • Let your garden go a little wild
  • Put up a bat box
  • Create linear features i.e hedgerows/treelines
  • Reduce or remove artificial lighting
  • Keep cats indoors at night

Download a free guide here http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/bats

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