Project Update: November 9, 2019
Another 80 boxes were manufactured at a second working bee, with 50 boxes ordered by the NRM Board and 30 for EcoVineyards.
Original article published May 22, 2019
The Rotary Club of Seaford is parterning with the Natural Resources Management (NRM) Board and several wineries in the McLaren Vale region to increase the native bat population.
Micro bats (about the size of a mouse with wings - or smaller) can eat over 1,000 insects every night. By keeping the insect population down around vineyards, grape growers can reduce and potentially eliminate the use of pesticides, which is better for the environment, and produces a cleaner product.
In order to increase the micro bat population, we are manufacturing nesting boxes which will be strategically installed in trees near vineyards. At a working bee on Easter Saturday, the club constructed and painted just under 50 boxes.