Bats in the park

Bats in the park

There are several bat boxes installed in the park but unfortunately we haven’t spotted any bats yet. Keep your eyes open and see if you can be the first to spot some.

Bats are amazing animals that are important to ecosystems in the UK and worldwide.  There are 18 species of bat in the UK, all of which are protected under European law.  Bat populations in the UK have declined dramatically over the past century due to persecution and habitat loss.  However, some bat species have recently shown some signs of increasing so there is hope.

We are trying a number of approaches on the park to encourage bats such as installing an Insect Hotel and improving roosting habitats. If you would like to find out more about how to encourage bats into your garden please take a look at the leaflet below from the Bat Conservation Trust.

Download the Encouraging Bats leaflet

Some important things to remember are:

  • Choosing plants – A variety of different types of plant is important. Increasing the diversity of plant life will increase the diversity of insect life.
  • Water – A pond or bog area is ideal, though if this is not possible a birdbath will provide water for bats, and also insects, reducing the amount of energy being expended to look for a drink.
  • Dead wood – Compost heaps and log piles provide alternative habitat for insects and increase the diversity of food available to bats.
  • Improving roosting opportunities