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CHESTER SPRINGS, PA – Visitors to Upland Farms Park may see something new in the park - that is, if they look up. Two new bat boxes have been installed on the western side of the park about twenty feet above the ground. Each box can house up to thirty bats. These nocturnal creatures provide great natural mosquito control, crucial for areas with stormwater basins and other wet areas, like Upland Farms.
The boxes were a part of the Capstone project of Downingtown Middle School 8th grader Evan Lloyd. To build the boxes, Evan researched the habitat of bats, the best location for the boxes, and bat box construction. Evan described the benefits of these boxes to Township staff, noting, “One bat can eat up to 1,200 bugs in one hour. Imagine how five or six bats will change the amount of pesky mosquitoes and ticks in the area. They also provide an excellent fertilizer for all plants. And lastly, bat habitats are crucial in keeping the bat population high and their chance of endangerment low.”
As anyone who walks the park late in the day knows, bats have already made their home at Upland in the other structures on the site, particularly the Barn. By providing what is called an “alternative roost,” the new boxes will help keep bats out of the other structures, resulting in cleaner, safer facilities for human use.
The Upper Uwchlan Township Board of Supervisors would like to thank and acknowledge Evan for his hard work and contribution to the community.
Upper Uwchlan Township is a Township of the Second class, population 11,500, located in central Chester County, PA. Visit us on the web at www.upperuwchlan-pa.gov. Like us on Facebook and Twitter.