Products & Services

Owl boxes

Our owl boxes are constructed from recycled plywood which are then weatherproofed with an industrial wood sealant. The thickness of the wood as well as the wood sealant used is designed to give the box an outdoor lifespan of five years. 

Our boxes are designed to attract Spotted Eagle Owl and Barn Owls, both of which are the owls most commonly found in the green belts of Gauteng. For further information on owl boxes, see the Owl Box Project, which includes details on pricing, installation and maintenance.

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Barn Owl (Tyto alba)                       Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus)

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Bat Boxes

Bat boxes are a great way to provide housing for our other winged friends. These boxes are slim and unobtrusive and are installed by us against the side of your house.

Boxes come in various sizes and vary from the slim line (home for up to 100 bats), installed against the side of your house, to the bat hotel (home for up to 300 bats), which is generally installed on a gum pole.

Bats are super little critters and often wrongly vilified: they keep the mosquito population nicely under control and complement your garden wildlife perfectly. They are unobtrusive and not harmful to you or your domestic pets and, contrary to popular belief, have no interest in getting entangled in your hair.

Encouraging bats is also the very best way of getting rid of those pesky mozzies! A single bat house may become home to 100 or so bats, which will consume up to 60,000 insects a night.

Bats are a sort of ‘bug police’: they fly around and catch insects using a process called echolocation to find their insect meals. They make high-pitched sounds that bounce off objects and return to the bat as echoes. Bats in flight can distinguish the difference in sound between a tree, your head, and a mosquito! They reduce pests naturally, reducing the need for pesticide usage and thereby helping to make our water and earth cleaner.

About 70 percent of all bats eat insects: flies, mosquitoes, beetles, and cockroaches. Bats are also responsible for pollinating trees, flowers, and cacti. They spread seeds so plants grow in new areas. Bats pollinate avocados, bananas, breadfruit, dates, figs, mangoes, and peaches. These remarkable mammals live in sophisticated colonies and each can eat half its weight in insects a night, so they are great at controlling large numbers of pests that harm crops and spread disease. Certain microorganisms found in bat droppings may have important medical uses for humans!

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Slimline Bat Box                   Mosaic Bat Box                Bat Hotel On Gum Pole

 

 

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Barbet Nesting Logs

Made from 100% sisal (agave sisalana), our barbet nesting logs offer barbets the perfect garden residence. Both adults excavate the hole in the nesting log, creating an entrance tunnel and an enlarged nesting chamber, which they do so very swiftly!

Barbets are arboreal birds which nest in tree holes, laying their eggs between September and December. 1 to 5 eggs are laid at daily intervals, with incubation lasting between 13 to 17 days.

Our barbet nesting logs including delivery and installation, and have a life-span of around 12-18 months.

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Bird Feeders

Our handmade wooden bird feeders are made from recycled wood and are weatherproofed. They provide excellent feeding stations for your small to medium-sized garden birds.

EcoSolutions Bird Feeders can be free standing or hung in an appropriate spot in your garden to attract all sorts of birds to your property. Once the word gets out, they’ll be queuing for their turn.

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Suet Holder              Free Standing Feeder

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Garden bird booster

This specialised feed is designed to meet the requirements of garden birds as they head into winter and natural food supplies diminish. 

Their protein intake during winter and into spring will directly impact on the breeding performance of your garden birds. Birds with higher fat content tend to breed earlier and often have larger broods. The bone meal garden bird booster will attract some of the more illusive bird species to the bird tray such as, shrikes, starlings, flycatchers, hoopoes, woodpeckers, thrushes, robins and bulbul. All of our Garden Bird Boosters contain added trace elements, vitamins and minerals.

 

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Garden Bird Consultations

 We are now offering garden bird consultation to private individuals. This service was formerly only available to developers and estate managers, but we are now able to bring this service to your very own garden. 

Our professional bird experts will come to your house and offer advice on what birds are currently in your garden and how you can enhance and expand the avian wildlife in your very own backyard. We will tell you what you should do, what you shouldn’t do, and what you can do to make your garden an avian paradise.

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Additional Services

The accurate and detailed monitoring of the box is important. The servicing of the box provides the means by which this can be achieved. It is important to check these boxes for wear and also to treat them against bee occupancy. 

These services are scheduled prior to the owl breeding season. Please feel free to contact EcoSolutions if you have any queries regarding this project, or if you wish to schedule a maintenance appointment.

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Barn Owl Box

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Reviews

Karen Stander
Our box have a spotted eagle owl! We stay on a smallholding in the Chancliff area, Krugersdorp and discovered that our recently serviced owl box, has a long awaited inhabitant! So glad and thankful to have the privilege of sharing our piece of nature with hopefully a breading pair soon! Have to tell you the bats are also happily occupying their box!

Cheryl Siewierski
Brilliant service from hugely knowledgeable installers at our home in Harties this morning. We are thrilled with our new bat and owl boxes and sure the residents of these will be too! Excellent to know that EcoSolutions also monitors numbers and patterns of the owls in perpetuity. Thank you!

Beryl Scott-Payet
Fantastic, thanks to all at Eco Solutions for your support and help with Strix (our injured owl) and the installations of the boxes and houses at Steyn City.

 

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