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Bat Boxes & Bramble Bashing

February 14, 2013

Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who turned up last Saturday, braving the sleet and cold to help out on the meadows. We managed to get a lot done and I think it was a great start to the year.

We did some ‘bramble bashing’ down by Mill Brook, on a patch of brambles that has been rapidly expanding and preventing the hay farmer from cutting the hay.

We also began to re-stock the hedgerow by oak meadow, using the self-seeded hawthorn bushes that were popping up in the middle of the field and also making it difficult to cut the hay. IMAG0931

I would like to say a huge thank you to the Farnham Town Council who gave a grant to the Trust that allowed us to buy some bat boxes to continue our conservation work on the meadows. So we erected three bat boxes in some of the trees within the meadows.

The bat boxes used are called the 2F Schwegler bat boxes which are ideal as a starter box to provide much needed secure roosting space. These specific boxes have been designed as a summer roosting space for bats and have a simple entrance hole at the front. The 2F is manufactured from long-lasting Woodcrete, which is a blend of wood, concrete and clay which will not rot, leak, crack or warp, and will last for at least 20 – 25 years. Woodcrete is breathable and maintains a stable temperature inside the box and the 2F is painted black to absorb warmth. It also provides a good rough surface for bats to cling on to and climb. The 2F bat box is ideally sited in trees or on buildings and is best positioned at a height of between 3 to 6 meters and should be sited in open sunny positions. Once bats have inhabited a roost site they may only be disturbed by licensed bat workers.

Bat box  bat inside

Following the grant from the Farnham Town Council we were also able to buy two bat detectors and will be holding bat walks on the meadows this year to see if we can find and hear some bats. Keep your eyes peeled on the events up-date to find out when.

Finally, we have now developed an online donation mechanism for you to contribute vital funds to the trust to both help with the on-going maintenance and also to pay back the loan secured to save the meadows. Just click the button at the top right of the page.

Thanks from all the Trust and see you at the next volunteer day!

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