Bats can be found in urban and rural areas. They often live in woodlands, but can also find a home in your garden.
- Trees. During the day, bats shelter in dark places, such as hollow trees, or in the trunks and branches of trees. If you have the space, planting bat-friendly trees is a great way to encourage them. Oak, beech, and ash are particularly favoured, but any native tree with spaces for bats to rest is great too!
- Bat boxes. These should be placed on trees with a clear flight path. They’re usually made from untreated, rough wood (as bats are sensitive to chemicals) and have a small slit to allow bats to enter but no predators! Pipistrelle bats commonly roost in trees and use bat boxes to do this.
- Hedgerows. Bats use hedges or dense vegetation to rest and hide from predators. They also host food for bats and are a good addition to any garden to accommodate for lots of wildlife. Pipistrelle bats prefer habitats with dense vegetation cover, such as hedges where they can also find insects to eat.
- Ponds. Many bats, such as Daubenton’s Bat are commonly seen near water bodies, as they forage for food here.