Last updated 17 July 2017
Bat house to let
There’s a new house on the market at Etherow Country Park.
Scenic views and all mod-cons, but it’s a bit different from what you might expect – it’s a house just for bats!
Stockport Council’s Greenspace Team have been working together with members of South Lancashire Bat Group and the Friends of Etherow Group to create a bespoke ‘bat house’ for the local bat population to roost in.
The bat house was created by modifying an existing outbuilding to make it bat friendly. A solar powered heated bat box was provided by South Lancashire Bat Group and wooden cladding – donated by Greater Manchester Tree Station – has been used on the building to provide lots of crevices for bats to roost in.
It is hoped that species such as soprano and common pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats will soon move in.
The wide variety of habitats within Etherow Country Park allow an abundance of wildlife to thrive here, including many bat species. There are 18 species of bat found in the UK and many can be found within Stockport. This project should be of great benefit to the local bat population.
Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “It is vital that we take steps to protect and enhance our local biodiversity, including maintaining valuable nature and greenspace resources for the local community to enjoy and safeguarding them for future generations.”
Why not consider erecting a bat box at your house, in a nearby tree or think about joining your local bat group.
Etherow Country Park is open daily, covering an area of 240 acres within the heart of the Etherow-Goyt Valley in Compstall.
For more information visit Etherow Country Park.