For those who like to build their own bat box don’t use galvanised mesh as a landing pad. After 10 years of solid use the bats urine completely rust the mesh. Including steel staples. The metal turns into barbed wire projections causing the bats to abandon the box. I now use stainless steel mesh.
Ever wanted to see the microbats up close and personnal? Well, City of South Perth & the City of Cockburn are running bat tours. Give them a call, sign up and I will bring the bats down to you as we view the bat boxes. You get to see how beautiful these little fragile critters are.
Opportunities arise in life all the time. You just have to be open to them. I had one recently. Now, I’m trialing a new home for bats because of it. Simple concept. Mother nature provides the home. I just modify it to make it attractive for microbats. I talking about Bamboo. Two are already in place at Bibra Lake awaiting new residents. It might take awhile but it will be worth it.
In Western Australia we have a huge issue of feral bees invading nest boxes all of descriptions including bat boxes. Even the small “wedge” shaped design is under attack. The ferals have found them and even though the volume is minute they persist. In the war against these Natsync Environmental has changed the design to try and keep one step ahead of them. At this early stage it appears to be successful although time will tell in the long term.
After spending 10 years of research and design the holy grail of bat boxes has been found. Well…sort of. Micro bats are extremely fussy in choosing their homes or roosts as it is known. Using sophisticated temperature & humidity loggers in local natural roosts we carefully analysed what makes the roost special. Then the challenge was to replicate these conditions in man-made artificial homes. We also used Flir and Pulsar thermal imaging devices to study the effects on solar radiation on the actual surfaces of the homes.
Also thanks to the involvement of the City of Cockburn, a survey was conducted to assess the many bat boxes that are currently located throughout their municipality. The data gathered highlighted the various attributes that the bats were searching for. A new model was born out of this research. Within 17 days the bats have found and have started to occupy the new designed boxes.
We want the Cockburn Wetlands Centre to become bat central in Western Australia. This would be an opportunity for visitors to bring a deck chair, sip some wine & munch on cheese, then watch the microbats streaming out of the many boxes that are located there.
To help achieve the numbers for a massive flyout an “Bat Rocket” box was installed. This has the potential to hold 150 bats. More are planned for the future.
Another exciting bat box workshop was conducted on the last weekend gone. This time something new was added. Now I have Pyrography pens in action. These allow you to burn patterns or just your name onto the finished bat boxes. The participants loved them. It adds a personal touch to your creation.
If you would love to attend one of these fun and interesting workshops please contact me and I will give you an idea of where and when the next ones are held. They are very popular and regularly booked out.
Well, according to the manufacturer the recycled PVC tubing we are trialing have a lifespan of exactly that. Within six months of installation the bats are moving in. The new PVC home has all the attributes of a successful bat house.
Join us for an exciting night stalk at Bibra Lake on the 10th October. On this night we’re looking for anything that moves, frogs, spiders and whatever. The bats will be in force. They have taken up more boxes. The White striped freetailed bat is now in residence. This species is one of the largest microbat in Australia. The face really looks like a dog- mastiff like.. Come along and get a close look at it. You’ll be blown away…..
Want to see a Barn owl??? There’s a good chance you’ll see and hear them screeching above our heads. They’re nesting in one of the bird boxes. Just awesome….
Call the City of Cockburn on 9411 3444 to find out more.