Over recent decades European bats have suffered sharp population declines. Many species are insect feeding, so, the loss of habitat supporting invertebrates on the which they feed and use pesticides is a possible cause.
Bats also need safe roosting and hibernation sites which are at risk from building and development work.
Working with The Bat Conservation Trust, Wildlife World has designed strong wooden bat boxes that provide suitable roosting spaces for these fascinating mammals with incredible species names such as Pipistrelle, Natterer’s and Whiskered.
Bat boxes must have thick sides to insulate the container from excessive temperature variations and a narrow entrance hole to prevent predation. It would be best if you put bat boxes high up in your garden. Growing night-scented plants will help attract night-flying insects, which bats eat.
Worldwide there are more than 1000 species of bat. Many of these species help humans by eating insects which can damage crops. Fruit-eating species also provide pollination and seed dispersal to help with forest regeneration—another reason why we need to work towards successful bat conservation.
In Ireland, we have our native Red Squirrel and the introduced Grey Squirrel. Since the introduction of greys in the 19th century, the red has suffered severe decline.
Whether you are lucky enough to have the reds in your locality or enjoy seeing the acrobatic antics of the now widespread greys, Wildlife World has sturdily made squirrel feeders and nest boxes for you.
Feeding squirrels in your garden can be not only entertaining to watch but might convince them to leave your bird feeders alone by purchasing specially designed squirrel feeders and squirrel food.
By placing the feeders in an area of your garden away from bird traffic, feeders and nest boxes. As a result, you can maximise your chances of squirrels and birds co-existing in a happy, healthy garden.
It may take a while for squirrels to find the feeders. Placing some peanuts around the feeder will encourage them to use it. Once discovered, you remove any old food and top up regularly. Squirrels will love using them, and you will love watching them!