Walsall Bat Box Scheme

Bat Boxes will be installed in three reserves across WalsallBat image by Derek Smith

In 2013 the Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Are helped to raise awareness of bat conservation in Walsall by supporting a project called the Walsall Bat Box Scheme.

During 2013, bat boxes were installed across three local nature reserves in Walsall, which improved their ability to navigate between the reserves and with the help of local friends groups, helped to raise awareness of bat conservation.

20 bat boxes were purchased and installed in Merrions Wood in Walsall, Park Lime Pits in Rushall and Rough Wood in Willenhall. All of the sites on which the project was focused were part of vital corridors, so not only did the project improve the area for bats inhabiting the reserves, but there was plenty of opportunity for the public and friends groups to become involved in the project.

The bat boxes are now maintained with the help of Birmingham and Black Country Bat Group and the Black Country Biodiversity Group. The success of the project will be monitored by the groups recording of the uptake of the boxes by bats and also recording the species. Each friends group has been provided with a bat detector so they can give free bat walks to members of the public.

This Walsall Bat Box Scheme complemented the NIA’s objectives as not only did it improve quality, linkage & bridging gaps for bats inhabiting the woodlands, the involvement of the public and friends groups provided opportunities for skill sharing and training in bat survey techniques.