Hedges are good for bats. Not just because they provide feeding areas for them, but also because they act as navigation markers for bats to help them find their way between places where they roost and feed.
Ponds are also great for encouraging insects and boosting biodiversity. Bats will appreciate the increased number of insects in the garden. Even a small pond will lend a helping hand.
Having a compost heap is also good as this will generate the type of insects that bats like to eat.
Growing plants with white flowers helps too as light-coloured flowers attract moths, another food source for bats. Likewise, evening scented flowers like honeysuckle will also attract moths for bats to prey on.
Bats like to shelter in dark places during the day. Therefore, hollow tree trunks, split branches and loose bark are ideal places for them to hide. Bat boxes also help, especially if placed in a sunny, south or west facing part of the garden, on tree trunks or building walls, but avoid putting them anywhere where they’re likely to be disturbed by people or pets.
If making a bat box yourself be sure to use wood that hasn’t been treated with wood preservatives and is rough sawn.
Finally, do bear in mind that all bats in Britain are legally protected and this includes places where they roost or hibernate. Advice about this can be obtained from the Bat Conservation Trust.