Planting a wide range of native trees, shrubs, herbs and flowers will attract a large variety of different insects. Night-scented plants, such as nicotiana, honeysuckle, jasmine and night-scented stock are particularly good as these sweet smelling flowers will attract night-flying insects. Pale blooms are useful too, as they are easier for insects to see as light fades at dusk.
Fruit trees (such as this apple tree, pictured left) are ideal – bats are often common in orchard areas – and are great for other types of wildlife, too, such as birds and bumblebees.
Trees and shrubs attract insects and also provide roosting sites for bats. And don't forget water: ponds, streams and ditches give bats somewhere to drink – and many of the flies that bats love to eat start life as aquatic larvae, so freshwater features provide food too.
Just like birds, bats need a place to roost. Old barns and outbuildings or holes in trees make perfect roosting sites.