1 Tahrcountry Musings: Developer builds new home for bats

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Developer builds new home for bats

It was with great fascination that I read this story in Somerset Guardian, about a builder building a home for a bat (a lesser horseshoe bat) after demolition work at the former Alcan factory in Midsomer Norton destroyed the roost.

Ecological survey done prior to the grant of permit to the builder had revealed that one male lesser horseshoe bat was using part of the former factory building and an underground duct as its summer roost.

Lesser horseshoe bats spend the winter months in caves, and the warmer months in outbuildings.

We at Tahrcountry salute this builder. Here is an example that is worthy of emulation by other builders. We exhort them to spare a thought for the urban wildlife.

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