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Bat houses can provide a great way to bring bats to your backyard. Bat houses can be purchased at some home and garden stores or online.

Check out the bat house pages at Bat Conservation International or Bat Conservation and Management for more information. Both of these sites offer bat houses for sale as well as plans to build your own. You will also find tips on attracting and keeping bat around.

If you already have a bat house, The Bat House Forum can be a great place to share information and learn from fellow bat enthusiasts.

Shelby Bottoms Bat House

The bat houses pictured above were built by prospective Eagle Scout Jake Payne of Troop 54 in Nashville, Tennessee. Jake lead a crew of his peers in a volunteer effort to construct bat roosting boxes for the 900+ acre Metro Parks' Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park. Working with the Director of the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, Jake and a crew of 21 volunteers put in 280 hours constructing and installing eight four-chambered bat houses using design plans from Bat Conservation International. Carefully choosing locations paid off almost immediately, as guano was identified under the pictured (above) roost box within only 2-3 weeks! Hopefully the other 6 houses will be just as successful. Shelby Bottoms Bat House