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Bat Houses

Bat houses have a long history, as our ancestors figured out long ago that bats in the neighborhood meant less bugs biting them. It’s a true tragedy, then, that bats have been decimated by the mysterious fungal disease known as White Nose Syndrome. Giving bats a place to live could help them as a species – the more the merrier, as they say. A bat house, bizarre or not, installed on an outer wall or on a post is a very cool, ultra low maintenance way to do your bit for bats.
The largest occupied artificial bat house in North America and, perhaps, the world can be found on the shores of Lake Alice at the University of Florida campus in Gainesville, Florida. It’s estimated that each night over 100,000 free-tailed bats in the UF colony consume up to 20 million insects, providing the campus and the surrounding area with free, environmentally friendly pest control.

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About pfiddle

Fiddle teacher - mostly Irish trad. Fiddle, mandolin and concertina. Eco-warrior, won E.U. Green Flower Award for Eco Accommodation. Also Irish (Gold) GHA. Green Hospitality Award. Mad keen on self-build - especially straw-bale and cob. 55 with a full head of (slightly) graying hair. No tattoos or piercings. Fond of animals - but legally so. Fond of food - I eat nothing else. Vegetarian by choice, Irish by the grace of birth, Munster by force of (rugby) arms.

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