One of the most important factors deciding any animal’s presence is food; for UK bats, food means insects.
Unfortunately for humans, some of this food also feeds on us!
Even though they have plenty of food, sometimes other things can limit bat survival. At a nature reserve in Lancashire, there are midges and mosquitoes a-plenty, but few places to roost (shelter) during the day.
Working with Lancashire Wildlife Trust, we have started to change this by installing bat boxes around the reserve, and checking them for bat usage every spring and autumn.
The scheme has been a big success so far, with some boxes supporting maternity roosts of natterer’s and pipistrelle bats.
Not far away from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust nature reserve, and still within the Forest of Bowland AONB, lies the Bowland Wild Boar Park. The park owners are very keen to protect the local wildlife and have welcomed a bat box scheme to complement all their other conservation work.
We installed over 20 bat boxes in 2016, and every box has been used by bats!
The Wild Boar Park supports ancient and more recent woodland, as well as the River Hodder – all places which provide excellent foraging for a range of bat species.