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Wienerberger eco-habitats

Our sustainability agenda isn’t one that simply concerns itself with our carbon footprint and material longevity. We also make sure that we provide for the environmental needs of the present – such as providing much-needed habitats for British wildlife.

Our approach has seen us team up with EcoSurv, one of the UK’s leading ecological consultancies, to design a comprehensive range of eco-habitats.

We offer specially designed:

  • Habibat Bat Boxes
  • Swift Boxes
  • Starling Boxes
  • Sparrow Boxes

Each of these habitats can be created with any of our brick ranges, allowing the option of blending in with the existing brickwork, or indeed using a contrasting colour. Likewise, while standard designs are available, Wienerberger is also able to offer a design service for customers who require bespoke boxes.

We can also provide advice on how to arrange for your eco-habitats to be monitored for activity.

We consider these added services as our responsibility to both our customers and our environment; the considerations that help set us apart in our industry.

If you would like more information on any of the eco-habitats we offer, would like to discuss bespoke requirements or simply get ecological advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

Bat boxes

All bat species, their breeding sites and resting places are fully protected by law - they’re classed as a European protected species.

Bat conservation

As bats are a protected species there are conservation issues that need to be considered when developing near their habitats.

The UK Government has set out some advice for local planning authorities to assess impacts of developments on bats. This covers activities such as

  • renovating, converting or demolishing a building
  • cutting down or removing branches from a mature tree
  • repairing or replacing a roof
  • repointing brickwork
  • insulating or converting a loft
  • installing lighting in a roost, or outside if it lights up the entrance to the roost
  • removing ‘commuting habitats’ like hedgerows, watercourses or woodland
  • changing or removing bats’ foraging areas

The protected species categorisation makes it a criminal offence to:

  • damage or destroy a breeding or resting place
  • obstruct access to their resting or sheltering places
  • intentionally or recklessly disturb a bat while it’s in a structure or place of shelter or protection

For more on the UK legislation on this issue visit the Gov.uk website.

Supporting bat conservation

To help protect and preserve bats, our bat boxes are designed to be integrated into the façade of the building and can be fitted during the build stage of a new build project or fitted retrospectively to existing buildings. They can be an attractive feature for your building as well as providing the best possible artificial accommodation for a variety of bat species. 

Wienerberger bat boxes are extremely versatile.

They are constructed of a rough aggregate block and feature a plinth detail at the bottom to allow the bats to enter and exit the inside of the bat box. The façade of the boxes can be clad in any Wienerberger brick from our extensive brick library of over 400 different brick types, allowing it to integrate seamlessly into your build. 

Two standard bat box design options are available.
The first comes with a stack bond brickwork finish, this is an ideal option where space is limited or if you want to make a feature of your bat box.

The other comes with a stretcher bond brickwork finish so that it seamlessly fits into the rest of the brickwork coursing. This is an ideal option where more space is available or where you want your bat boxes to blend into existing brickwork.

We also able offer a wide range of bespoke options which can be tailored to the specific requirements of your project.

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