- Some bat species prefer man-made structures to their natural roosts, whereas others are forced to roost in buildings when natural roosts, such as caves and hollow trees, are destroyed. Two bat species that frequently use bat houses are the little brown bat and the big brown bat.
A well-designed, well-constructed, and properly located bat roost may attract these and other bats if they live in or pass through your general area. A roost baking in the sun is what bats need and seek - a nice warm place to raise their young, and that lets them decrease their metabolic needs during roosting. Although the flatpack is lovely and snug, as this is a larger item and to keep the bats completely snug, the roosts should be caulked during construction and preferably also screwed together. The idea is to create a tight microclimate inside the roost capable of trapping both the heat captured during the day and the warmth generated by the bats.
Place the roost in full sun, on a standard 10 cm x 10 cm post with a top shaped according to the habi-sabi template. The optimal temperature range is 29 - 40 °C (85 -104 °F) Keep the area around the entrance clear of obstructions for 6m.
- The habi-sabi bat roost is made in London from an innovative and sustainable material, which takes the waste insulation that was once in our walls, cars and fridges and transforms it into a safe and stable sheet material. It is currently being trialled in Washington State and London's Tower Hamlet. More information on application on firstname.lastname@example.org
This unique bat roost is:
- Simple to construct
- Based on the advice from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
- Lightweight and designed to be placed on a standard piece of lumber
- 97 high x 22 cm wide x 19 cm deep with a variety of internal chamber spaces around the post from 82 cm - 93 cm tall and 3 cm - 8 cm deep.
- Fully compliant with RSPB guidelines