Where to put your bat box.

With the decline in bat numbers caused by the decrease in the number of suitable roosting sites, coupled with the destruction of insect habitat, more people are now wishing to provide suitable bat accommodation and we often get asked about where to site bat boxes. Bats are particular about their accommodation and dislike cold and wet roosting sites so boxes need to be damp and draft proofed. We recommend placing a bat box in a quiet, sheltered position, as high up as possible (over 2m from the ground), out of the reach of cats, on a tree or wall and ensure that the entrance is clear. Once you have sited your bat box and you think that the position you have chosen is a sheltered one you shouldn't disturb it. If you are in any doubt as to whether a bat has taken up residence it is best to leave the box, as both bats and bat roosts are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which makes it an offence to disturb, handle or kill a bat. More information is in the bat book if you need it.

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