Many bats live in close association with human communities, and a few species, such as Little Brown Myotis, rely extensively on human made structures as sites for roosting and raising offspring. Stewardship and management of individual bats and bat colonies and their roost sites is important for the future of bats in the province.

Bats need three basic things to survive: food, shelter and water. Well managed habitats in urban, rural and wild areas can provide these key elements. Maintaining the diversity of features found in natural environments is important for ensuring the success of our bats. Providing bat houses and buildings suitable for bats is unlikely to be sufficient if our ecosystems no longer support the insect communities that they rely upon for food.

The Bat Friendly Communities Program can help individuals, communities, and organizations that are interested in maintaining and enhancing bat habitat. You can learn more in our Bat-friendly Communities Handout or in our more detailed Bat-friendly Communities Guidance Document.

Bat friendly communities in BC (years certified)

Becoming bat friendly 

Key components to become certified are:

1. Protect and create habitat

2. Provide information about bats

3. Promote learning

More details on certification can be found in this list of criteria for certification, and ideas on how to proceed are in the Primer on Becoming a Bat-friendly Community. Contact your regional bat program coordinator or for more information and guidance. We look forwards to working with you!

Create a Bat-Friendly Garden

Bats use a wide variety of habitats when hunting for their insect prey, including wetlands, forests, shrubs, and grasslands.  The more variety, the better.

To help bats in urban areas, create bat-friendly gardens by planting native trees and shrubs in your yard and community.  Each region of BC has different native plants, so seek out local native plant nurseries.  

Some regions have created plant lists:

  1. Okanagan Bat-Friendly Garden