Where to get a bat box
If you are able to build a bat house, please see “Bat bouse designs” for bat box plans and instructions. However, in some parts of the Province, you may be able to purchase pre-made bat boxes. If you are purchasing a commercially-made bat box online or from a hardware store, select a large size, multi-chamber house.
Bat boxes should be at least 24”2 tall and 17” wide and have a landing strip of at least 4”. Rocket boxes should be at least 3’ tall and have at least 1’ of linear roost space (meaning that each of the four sides would be at least 3” wide). You can check out our recommendations here.
These are Bat Conservation International design bat boxes. He builds both nursery boxes and rocket boxes. Both can be installed on a post and nursery boxes can be installed on an outbuilding.
These are beautiful looking double chamber bat-houses. The Backyard is small, housing 50-75 bats, and The Acreage is larger, housing 100-150 bats.
These are economical rocket boxes with a unique design. We are not sure of the success of this style so please let us know if they are used!
The Okanagan Community Bat Program
The Okanagan Community Bat Program may be able to provide pre-made boxes.
ALLAN BROOKS NATURE CENTRE
For Bat Conservation International four-chamber boxes
South Vancouver Island
HABITAT ACQUISITION TRUST
Habitat Acquisition Trust can provide more information on bat box plans and can provide you with a pre-made box if you are interested. HAT offers the rocket box and the 4-chambered maternity box.
Hand-made 5-chambered nursery boxes available. Search PAUSE TO FEATHER CREATIONS on Facebook and click on the SHOP tab.
Vancouver /Sea-to-Sky Community Bat Program
Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley
The Vancouver/Sea-to-Sky Community Bat Program may be able to provide pre-made boxes.
SOUTH COAST BAT CONSERVATION SOCIETY
BURKE MOUNTAIN NATURALISTS