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Monday 24th October

Act for bats!

Award-winning garden designer Juliet Sargeant and TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham are urging gardeners to help bats this autumn during  Wild About Gardens Week which runs from 24th – 30th October. The RHS, The Wildlife Trusts and Bat Conservation Trust aim to inspire gardeners to help these special creatures while still creating beautiful gardens with events, a competition and advice.

Chris Packham says:

“I like bats as much now as when I was six. I love watching them swoop and pirouette around my garden and I stand entranced, trying to imagine what it is like to be them, what it is really like to fly that fast, to ‘see’ with sound, to find tiny insects in the air and snatch enough of them for a meal. We can all do our bit to make our gardens more welcoming to bats and all sort of other wildlife, find out how by getting involved in Wild About Gardens Week.”

Juliet Sargeant says:

“It is great that bats like all the same flowers as me! It’s no problem for me to find space for things like aubretia, jasmine and Michaelmas daisies. And it seems that almost any herb keeps them happy.  I am definitely going to plant with bats in mind from now on.”

Find a Wild About Gardens Week event here

Or discover how to attract and support bats in your garden with our FREE downloadable booklet: Stars of the Night – working together to create a ‘batty’ neighbourhood. It contains:

  • Great ideas for planning a bat-friendly garden, balcony or window-box
  • Details of which bats are most likely to visit your garden and how to listen for them
  • A seasonal guide to what bats are doing throughout the year
  • Advice on reducing outdoor lighting - floodlit gardens are detrimental to bats

Take part in the Plant a bat feast! competition to find the best insect-friendly plant display in the UK by sharing a photo of your bat-friendly border for a chance to win some fabulous prizes, including a bat box, a bat detector and a visit from a bat expert. All information on the competition, events and advice can be found at

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