Bat roosting box
From NZ Gardener magazine
This easy DIY project, from Rose Hughes, will provide a roosting and resting site for a rare and threatened native bat.
You will need:
1.6m 200 x 20mm (approx.) untreated rough sawn pine, (smooth, planed wood means the bats have nothing to grip on)
- 8 x 40mm screws
- Sandpaper, screwdriver
- Drill bit and countersink bit
- Paint and a paintbrush
- Hooks and wire.
Back: 1 x 450mm, Centre: 1 x 330mm, Front: 1 x 210mm, Rails: 1 x 330mm, Roof: 1 x 250mm (width reduced to 160mm).
Cost: approx. $10 excluding paint.
Cut the timber as per the cutting list. Cut 2 x 20mm wide lengths off 330mm rail. Shorten the remaining rail to 210mm and cut 2 x 15mm lengths off.
Match the centre and front with their rails. Drill, countersink and screw the rails to the front. Matching the top edge, drill, countersink and screw the centre piece to the front railed side, avoiding the rail screws.
Drill, countersink and screw the rails to the centre piece. Attach the back piece to the centre rails, avoiding the rail screws. Drill, countersink and screw the roof on. Sand any rough edges
Paint any surfaces that the bats won’t come into contact with. I used Resene Waterborne Woodsman
in Pickled Bluewood
and added a bat stencil for fun. To hang, I used screws each side and picture hanging wire.