We took down the old wooden bat boxes that were in poor shape after being vandalised by squirrels and we installed three new boxes. These new boxes were a different design with two different sized chambers to accommodate different species of bat. Derek Harding kindly donated one of the boxes and we bought two more identical boxes from the RSPB. The boxes are installed as a group of three spaced equidistantly around the trunk of a large oak. This is to allow the bats to move around during the day to the box with the most suitable temperature. The design of these boxes means that we should be able to spot any inhabitants with a pair of binoculars without causing any disturbance.
Mike Saynor, Colin Melhuish - HCCV Joint Co-ordinators