We are nearing the final stages of the building of the flight cage! Having filled the base with rubble we have now lined the inside of the cage with material, which makes it bat proof (covering any gaps) and gives the bats something to cling to on the walls.
We have chosen two types: windbreak which is long-lasting and provides good shelter, and plastic mesh so that the side of the cage facing the garden can allow small insects to enter the cage and provide an opportunity for the resident bats to hunt for food on the wing – something that they must be able to do before they can be released.
The base around the shed and all around the perimeter has also been lined with windbreak to make sure that every small gap is covered up, as we don’t want the bats escaping before they are able to feed themselves in the wild.
All that remains to do before the bats can move in is to fill the remainder of the base with gravel, which we are doing on Monday. (Anyone wanting to lend a hand with the gravel can email me to arrange it – you’ll be paid in tea and snacks!).
So this is how it looks at the moment! Almost ready for the bats to move in – I’m so excited, as it is so badly needed for the soft-release of our injured and hand-reared bats. Don’t forget that if you’d like to support the flight cage project and bat care in Birmingham & the Black Country, you can donate something from our Amazon Wish List!
More updates very soon!
– Morgan 🙂