While bats can be found in both rural and urban settings, most of us are unaware of them and why they need our help to survive.
The ‘Plant a Bat Feast!’ competition, which runs until November 6, heralds the start of a campaign to improve the fortunes of the UK’s bats. Bats need insects, so gardeners are being urged to consider them when making planting choices. The competition is easy to enter: simply choose a range of insect-friendly plants, watch them grow and submit a photo!
While bats can be found in both rural and urban settings, most of us are unaware of them and why they need our help to survive. A new free downloadable booklet, ‘Stars of the Night’, offers advice on bat-friendly gardening, including:
- Ideas for laying on a bat banquet in your garden, balcony or window-box
- Details of which bats are most likely to visit your garden and how to listen for them
- A seasonal guide to what bats are doing throughout the year
- Advice on reducing outdoor lighting (floodlit gardens are detrimental to bats)
Go to http://www.wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk/home/get-creative-for-bats to enter the photo competition, and download the bat gardening booklet at http://www.wildaboutgardensweek.org.uk/Downloads/wag-stars-of-the-night.pdf
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