We have resident bats who patrol the early evening skies.  Dark bodies dart and swoosh by in the glimmering dusk of long summer evenings.  I like that we have bats.

To attract bats you need to encourage bug life.  In gardens, leave a chosen area wild. Create small piles of woody twigs and cut branches.  Piles of stones create habitats too.

You can also plant night-blooming plants to encourage moths – a key part of bats’ diet.  Night-scented flowers such as nicotina (flowering tobacco) are a good bet for attracting pollen hungry moths.

Common Garden Bats:

  • Common pipistrelle
  • Soprano pipistrelle
  • Noctule
  • Daubenton’s bat
  • Brown long-eared bat

For more information about all things bat-related visit the Bat Conversation Trust and Bat Conservation International.