Author Archives: Joe

Bat urine rusts steel…

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 … Continue reading

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Meet the Microbats close up

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 … Continue reading

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Sustainable Bat Homes

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 … Continue reading

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Bat box design goes pear shaped

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 … Continue reading

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Bat box occupied within 17 days

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 … Continue reading

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Bat rocket ready for takeoff

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 … Continue reading

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“Write with fire” bat box workshops

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 … Continue reading

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New models, New designs-the search for the perfect bat box

Come and visit our display at the Lake Claremont Festival this Sunday 18th September. We have exciting new bat homes to view. Learn how to construct a simple bat box perfect for the garden. Come talk about bats, bats and … Continue reading

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80 year old bat home??

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 … Continue reading

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Did you hear it on the radio?? The Bats are waiting…..

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 … Continue reading

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