Bat Box

We love bats. Did you know that one bat can eat 60 medium-sized moths or over 1000 insects in one night! Bats are amazing because in many ecosystems, they play a key role in pollinating plants! You might be surprised but Bats don't 

always live in caves, most bats spend summers in trees, under bridges or in old buildings, where they give birth and rear young.

Your challenge is to build a Bat home using recycled materials. Think about what Bat species you have locally and build for them. Take pictures of the Bat box and tell us how you made it and for what species of bat. The winner will be invited to Wildlife Rocks to receive their award and it will be presented by Dr. Brian May. This competition is open to students and adults of all ages and abilities. Entries must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

There are many ways to improve your environment and just by making small changes you will make a difference. You can plan the plants and design of your wildlife garden for maximum enjoyment for you, your community and our native wildlife. You can have your own mini game park full of mini beasts. Water is needed for all life; from a bird bath to a carefully planned pond, the choices are limitless. All good wildlife gardens start with insects; the animals and birds that eat the insects are preyed on by larger wildlife and so on up the food chain. Outdoor education and play serve to enhance a child’s learning and provide not only educational but also social benefits. The sense of ownership that children gain from being responsible for their wildlife garden can be extremely beneficial and can have a marked effect on children’s attitudes to school, themselves, other people and their surroundings. It may be the first opportunity that a child has had to care for plants and animals in their natural surroundings. A garden encourages a sense of maturity and ownership through joint endeavour and working with the community. In many urban areas where children are involved in creating areas and landscapes it actually reduces vandalism.

Whether you have hanging baskets, containers or an entire meadow, you can be creative with a variety of plants and make your space sustainable. Growing vegetables and fruit is not just for the seasoned growers. Strawberries and tomatoes can both be grown in hanging baskets. You don't even need lots of space; remember, many plants grow up walls - peas and beans are a good example. I was a student in central London thirty years ago and I grew plants on my window sill. I often had bees and butterflies landing on them and when I grew strawberries, the birds came in too. Why not grow plants and vegetables to attract wildlife and grow it for them. Instead of buying bird food, grow bird food from seeds. A wildlife garden is an invaluable way of exploring and understanding bio diversity and conservation. Composting, rain-water harvesting, insect hotels and organic alternatives to pesticides are an essential part of any wildlife space and once explored will remain with you for life. Ideas for native planting and habitats could include bird boxes, bat boxes, bird tables, compost heaps, deadwood piles, water features, ponds, native meadow grass patches, nettle patches, berry bushes, fruit trees and shrubs. However large or small your space is, you will need to consider design and maintenance, provision for wildlife, water saving features and all year round interest, but it's worth it and after all the hard work you can sit back and enjoy it and see that wildlife really does rock.

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