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Bat box entrance integrated into wall
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A guide to bat and bird eco-habitats

Why and how you should incorporate bat and bird boxes in your building design

Our integrated wildlife boxes are designed to protect and encourage populations of native species of bats and birds. Our nesting boxes are designed to be integrated into the façade, for a discreet, seamless look, or we can provide boxes that can be externally attached to a building.

Our nesting boxes come in different sizes and designs, depending on the species it is intended for. Find out more and browse Wienerberger’s range of Habibat™ Boxes.

Why install a bat box or eco-habitat?

Integrating bat boxes, bird boxes and other eco-habitats into your building design is a straightforward way to achieve ecological enhancements on your development. 

Biodiversity net gain is an approach to development that aims to increase biodiversity beyond the site’s pre-development condition. The approach can be used to help enhance or restore local ecological habitats. It is already part of the National Planning Policy Framework and is set to be reinforced by the Environment Bill, which, when passed into law, will require developers to demonstrate a 10% increase in biodiversity in their Ecological Impact Assessment.

You can begin promoting biodiversity today by including eco-habitats in your developments. Bat boxes, bird roosting boxes and bee habitats are a low-maintenance solution that can be easily integrated into your build. In addition, as house-buyers and commercial property tenants become more environmentally aware, developments that support local wildlife will become more attractive.

Where should I install a bat box?

Bat boxes should be placed as close to the eaves or a gable apex as possible, at least 3 metres off the ground and away from lighting, windows, door and wall climbing plants to keep the inhabitants safe from predators.

Bats often use tree lines or hedgerows for navigation, so placing a box near these garden features will encourage them to roost in the box.

Boxes need to be sheltered from strong winds and exposed to the sun for at least part of the day, so a south or southwest facing wall is ideal.

A fact sheet is available upon request. Contact us to find out more.

Nevada Buff and Staffordshire Smooth Blue
Nevada Buff and Staffordshire Smooth Blue
Nevada Buff and Staffordshire Smooth Blue
Nevada Buff and Staffordshire Smooth Blue
Nevada Buff and Staffordshire Smooth Blue

Where should I install a bird box?

Bird boxes need to be a minimum of 2.5 metres from the ground and a maximum height of 5 metres. Birds do not like direct sunlight and therefore we would recommend installing boxes on the North, East and West elevations as young birds can overheat when the box is exposed to direct sunlight.

A fact sheet is available upon request. Contact us to find out more.

What to do if you already have bats onsite

Spotting bats on your site is a good indicator of a healthy ecosystem, but remember that it is a legal offence to deliberately disturb, handle or kill bats.

For more advice about the protection of bats please contact the Habibat Wienerberger team.

Discover Habibat Wienerberger Boxes

Wienerberger offers a range of wildlife boxes that can be integrated seamlessly into the façade of the building. Available for bats and a range of native UK birds, Habibat™ Boxes are the perfect addition to eco-friendly house designs and modern developments.

Explore our sustainability tips and advice pages for guidance on adding environmental and social value to your project. 

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