Now that the construction of the bat house is complete, our next task is to encourage the bats into the new building by ‘seeding’ it with droppings from Shenley Farmhouse and New House Farm. Then, as we move ahead with the habitat works across Lilbourne Meadows, we will take further steps to support the bat population. Specifically, we will install a series of bat boxes in trees across the site for roosting, while the new planting and landscape enhancement will provide high quality foraging, particularly around the ponds we are creating for the Great Crested Newts.
Every new chapter in the unfolding story of Lilbourne Meadows proves to be fascinating. But, along with the Sand Martin nesting wall at Ryton Pools
, the bat house at DIRFT is definitely one of our more unusual build-to-suits.