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Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 21:04

Hi obelixx, if you can put up more than one bat box and place them at different orientations (see BCT web site) then that will increase the likelihood of them using your garden as a roost site.

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 21:02

Thanks, nutcutlet. Yours made me smile  . The ongoing colder weather does delay their waking from hibernation and in theory the longer the hibernation, the more energy is used and the greater the risk of them not waking up at all, or not being in as good condition when they do. I think the biggest risk is them waking a little too early and there not being enough insect prey around. Waking uses up a burst of energy. I've heard the odd pip over the last few nights but I know that our pre survey training session isn't happening as early as planned because the bats were not around when the session was being organised.

Toad spawn

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 20:54

I think  that pond lifeventually finds its own way where it wants to be, but can help by doing basic maintenance. Stranded spawn sounds like toad or newt to me. Lucky you! Our pond is onl a few months old and the plants have only just gone in so I am not overly hopeful for too much activity in ours yet. It's not even fully finished in terms of edging etc.

does anyone know what it is??

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 20:02

Great compost accelerator/plant feed though! And the bees love comfrey.


Trees suitable for a private road

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 19:49

How about crab apple? Long season of interest and wildlife friendly, too.

Pot growing Mahonia x media "charity"?

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 19:47

Hi obelixx,


That is a lovely plant but my garden is not very well sheltered and is a rather shady North- facing, so I doubt it would be happy with us. That's another reason for the Mahonia choice: good in shade and pretty tough. Thanks, though! I will remember that one if we ever move to a bigger place.


Honeysuckle problem.

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 19:26

I think that spring is a good time to move plants around, so that they are at the start of their active growth period and get the maximum amount of time to adjust and grow new roots etc. I am not sure I would attempt to move an established climber, though, especially as it sounds like such a good foil for other plants. I think there was something on last week's GQT about encouraging flowers.

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 09:34

Nutcutlet your roost sounds like a significant maternity roost, you lucky thing! 

Encouraging bats in our gardens

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 09:33

I just wanted to add that if you don't already,  it's really helpful to let your local biological records office have any bat (or any other) records you have collected, so that they can be aware if any future planning applications come in, and most of all so populations can be monitored. 


Chelsea chop

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 09:23

Hi there,

I'm also in the West Midlands. I've just been reading this in Matthew Wilson's book. The plants must be about half to two thirds their eventual size with no flower buds and he recommends not doing it if plants are stressed due to lack of water. He talks about taking into account the climate and the kind of spring and winter we've had. HTH. 

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