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Installation

Once you have decided on the most suitable Habibat Product to integrate into your design, you then need to select the best location to install them in terms of both building design and species requirements. 

 

The Habibat integrated product range accommodates a large variety of species, and can be manufacturer to support any finish. Bricks/stone can be collected from site and boxes manufactured in that specific product for seamless integration. Most of these products fit straight into the coursing of typical masonry wall. Its entirely up to the architect if you install wall ties at the base and head, that’s down to their specification.  However we would recommend that the boxes are always laid on a full bed of mortar and all the surrounding joints are fully filled.

Bat Tiles are suitable for provide access to roof spaces. 

The Habibat external product range can be placed into your landscaping design in order to include additional biodiversity features.


Siting Bat Boxes

Ideally Bats like to be in a warm location, so preferably boxes should be position on southern and western aspects of the building.  Bats usually prefer to access buildings by the roof or eaves so we recommend our Habibat Bat Boxes are sited a minimum of two metres up, preferably 5 to 7 metres off the ground.  Avoid placing them above windows, doors and climbing plants which can disrupt the bats and also provide opportunities for predation by cats.  Consider the landscape around the elevation situating the box and ensure it has a clear access route. Take into consideration nearby foraging habitat, as they do like feed in areas where there are lots of insects, for example bodies of water. Further recommendations are that Integrated Bat Boxes are install away from any lighting, as this can deter bats from using them. 

Siting Bird Boxes

The positioning of Bird Boxes is determined by the species of bird, you are accommodating. Tits, sparrows, flycatchers and starlings like to be around two to four metres high. Whereas Robins and Wrens prefer to nest lower, at less than two meters. In relation to Habibat Swift Boxes, these should be sited at five metres or more, as swifts prefer to be higher up. 

Considerations for Bird Box placement is that ideally in cooler elevations because the young can overheat in the nest box quite easily, so we recommend these are installed on north and east elevations but do avoid locations where there's a prevailing wind to stop any water ingress into the boxes. Again try and ensure a clear flight path into the to the box and there's no opportunities for predation such as cats, so avoid position boxes near ledges where they could be easily targeted.  Some species such as sparrows and swifts prefer to live in colonies, and we have a number of products which cater to this. Terraced boxes are essentially three boxes in one, alternatively multiple boxes can be installed on the same elevation to increase colony space. We recommend placing them away from windows and doors.  

Siting Insect Bricks

Insect bricks are standard products which are easily incorporated anywhere into the building façade, but ideally a south facing wall with some pollinator friendly plants within the nearby landscape. 

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