We are pleased to say that our new bat and owl boxes have been erected at Maccauvlei on Vaal! Clueless as to why we would erect these boxes at our establishment? Here’s why:
As occupants, we need to take responsibility for protecting the natural heritage of this area. Bat populations are very susceptible to high mortality because of their low productive rates, and there is scientific concern about the conservation status of bats, as many species of bats are increasingly affected by multiple actions of humans (NSPCA, 2012). By erecting bat boxes, bats are offered and alternative roost as opposed to habitation in residential areas. Bats also assist in insect control, so it’s a win-win situation!
Above: Bat box being erected at Maccauvlei on Vaal
As for the owl boxes, many owls hunt within residential and suburban areas and although food is available, breeding sites are not sufficient. By erecting owl boxes, the owls will utilise these boxes for nesting purposes. Owls staying in the area will assist with the control of rodents as well as numerous insect types. Feel free to come and have a look at our newly erected owl and bat boxes at Maccauvlei on Vaal, we trust that this will contribute to the conservation of our surrounding natural habitats and their occupants!
Above: Owl Box at Maccauvlei on Vaal