Creating a Wildlife Friendly Backyard - Attract bats to your garden with DIY bat boxes

Discover how to create your very own DIY bat box!

Image of a microbat in a tree in daylight

Zoos Victoria Presents Creating a Wildlife Friendly Backyard

Discover how your backyard can cater to and invite all sorts of wildlife!


Duration
5 minutes

A single microbat can eat up to 500 mozzies in an hour, so they are a critter worth having in the garden!

There are over 83 species of micro-bat found in Australia, some weigh as little as 3 grams – you would be forgiven for thinking they were a moth! Although you may never have seen one, they make up 20% of all mammal species in the world.

Most are insect eaters, devouring about 1/3 of their own body weight in mozzies, lawn grub moths, beetles, weevils, and midges every night.   About half of all microbat species roost in tree-hollows which only occur in mature species like Eucalyptus, after about 80-100 years.  But, big old trees are becoming scarce, particularly in urban environments so microbats are turning to man-made structures for shelter.

Retaining old trees is the best thing we can do for the microbats and of course, planting more trees to create hollows in the future. However, creating a small nesting box like this can cater to lots of bats, because they will huddle together to maintain warmth and humidity. 

 

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