GARDEN FOR BATS

Your garden can be turned into a paradise for bats! Many flowers produce their flower fragrance only at night in its full glory and attract with their fragrance nocturnal insects. Bats locate and capture the insects.

Please, no pesticides

 The use of pesticides, which poison the insects leads to the death of bats and birds that take the poison with their prey. Our advice: Buy if possible products with organic certification. Design your garden close to nature - birds and bats friendly! 

Please note, glue-traps are dangerous for bats, either!

A garden for the senses

We humans are addressed pleasantly through fine fragrances and enjoy them during an evening walk through the garden. The flowers are usually light-toned, white or reddish to purple. They reflect invisible to us, but for insects visible by short-wave ultraviolet light. In the garden at night the night flowers get a mysterious luminosity (evening and night-scented flowers arable campion, Perennial honesty, Duftresede, yellow iris, Gemshorn, Judas-Silberling, Campion, wallflowers, (Virgin) -. Lilies, lily, moon winds, evening primrose, dame's violet, many species of carnations, end Nick Campion, phlox, snowdrops, soapwort, Star balm, daylily, willow herb, butterfly orchid, flowering tobacco.)

Diversity in the garden

What is good for the insects that also benefits the gardener. Fragrant Tagetes or marigolds help to keep the soil healthy. Kitchen and medicinal herbs such as borage and sage provide food for insects, and are also a tasty and healthy addition to the kitchen. Even the nettle as a food plant for many butterfly species plays an important role in nature and is widely used in kitchen and plant protection. (Fragrant plants for summer and fall: Sweet William, farmer tobacco farmer jasmine, datura, Dittany, Rockfish, Sweet Pea, Real myrtle, verbena, tarragon, wallflowers, Heliotrope, Bergamot, sweet flag, nasturtium, royal lily, lavender, Levkoje, meadowsweet, Madonna lily, mint species, Creeping Jenny, Phlox , marigold, old roses as Damas-zener-Rose or Rosa centifolia, yarrow, wormwood).

Flowers for bats

Each garden designed for the nocturnal hunters is a step to protect these endangered mammals. Here you can find some plants suggestions. By the fall, we can delight in day and night blooming flowers and leaf-scented plants. Some of them grow wild in our region, while others are known to us from cottage gardens or as a medicinal and culinary herbs. (Journal Fragrant herbs, Pineapple sage, anise, balm herb, basil, winter savory, borage, oregano, Duftblattpelargonien, Southernwood, fennel, germander, (Roman) - chamomile, chervil, caraway, lovage, lemon balm, clary sage, feverfew, myrtle, tansy, rosemary, cicely, (Meadows )-sage, thyme sand and all other types of thyme, sweet woodruff, rue, wormwood, hyssop, cypress herb.)Some night blooming plants have reserved their nectar only for certain insects. Purchase of seeds possible at www.all-about-bats.net

Natural meadow or lawn?

Most life can exist in a natural meadow. Grasshoppers and beetles find their food. Spiders can weave their webs in tall grass, even the frog will find coverage. About 1,500 lawn insect and spider species need a meadow as a habitat. On colorful garden lawns are four times as many birds as on lawns. But natural meadows are rare. Thus, a meadow is of high ecological importance.To accelerate the development of a meadow, you can plant perennial wildflowers. However, one should select plants that are suitable for the location. In contrast to a natural grass lawn a meadow is never fertilized or watered. Over time, will that prevail for the location most suitable grasses and wild flowers. The more nutrient-poor a meadow through one or two times annual mowing is, the more species-rich it can develop.If you want to create a new meadow you should first check the ground: whether fat or lean, dry or wet, acidic or calcareous - accordingly, to this the seeds should be selected.No matter how large or small your garden is, a semi-natural corner with fragrant flowers for butterflies and bats can be always set up. Where the garden is very small, help twining plants such as ivy, climbing roses and honeysuckles, creating a habitat for night owls. (Fragrant climbers, Akebia, Real jasmine, ivy, wild rose, honeysuckle, deglutition honeysuckle, clematis and other Clematis species Waldgeißblatt, wild hops, winter jasmine.)

A garden pond for bats

The bats are enjoying growing popularity. More and more people want to learn more about these animals, they want to watch and do something to help these endangered species. Our native bats feed from insects. Where many insects fly, bats hunt preferred. Enough insects are essential for survival tor the skillful hunters - to raise their families to cope with the long distances to winter quarters and to create an adequate fat for hibernation. Inshore Waters are among the most important feeding areas for bats. In water, the larvae of many insects have their nursery. The bats know exactly when the insects eclose. The bats come from far away to hunt over the inshore waters. A garden pond with deep and shallow areas and semi-natural vegetation provides a habitat for many animals and is a treasure for nature observation: dragonflies, mayflies and caddis flies develop in water, butterflies, bees and other Hymenoptera visit blooming shore shrubs, for newts and frogs, water is the elixir of life. Regularly the pond will be visited by birds and small mammals for drinking. In the early evening the first bats come to the water to drink while flying close to the surface of the water, and they also come to hunt the insects flying around. Planning a garden pond A garden pond should at least be 5-8 square meters in size and 1 meter deep. In designing the shore, swamp and shallow waterzones you create habitats for insects and amphibians - including warm areas as spawning grounds and for the development of the larvae. To seal the pond you should use pond liner or clay. For the ground a nutrient-poor soil substrate like a sand-gravel mixture is best suited - garden soil compositions contain too many nutrients. Ideal location for a pond is a place with sun and partial shade. By planting with willow shrubs that tolerate wet ground shady areas can be created, but this goes only for larger gardens. In a garden for bats poison sprays of all types (insecticides and herbicides) must be avoided. A pond for bats should not be stocked with fish. Fish feed from eggs and larvae of insects before the bats get some of it. The bats will thank you and enlighten your heart every night. Plants for the garden pond Deep water zone: water lily, water chestnut, spring water, pondweed, Wasserhahnenfuß, Frogbit, milfoil, Rough Hornwort. Shallow zone: plantain, flowering rush, pine fronds, swamp iris, marsh clover, arrowhead, bur reed, reed, Flechtbinse, amphibian lily, cattails and sedges growing bultförmig. Swamp zone: Teichschachtelhalm, purple loosestrife, marsh marigold, marsh Vergissmeinicht, water mint, water iris. Pond edge: meadowsweet, Creeping Jenny, globe flower, Bugle, goat's beard, Ufersegge, Seesimse, willow, alder. Our tip: A little water from a natural pond in the region "seeds" the water with natural flora and fauna.

Insect waterplaces - but beware!

When designing insect waterplaces, be careful not to use marbles or smooth stones - the insects can not stand on them and can drown. Please use rough natural stones and / or small rough branches.

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Insect waterplace with rough stones prevents the drowning of the little guests

A semi-natural garden also provides a habitat for insects. Here the foundation for biodiversity is laid



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