New Bat Hotel to open in Streatley!

Front view of the car port
Front view of the car port

The extra building I was required to erect as part of my planning permission is nearly complete. At the initial planning phase, a survey revealed the possible presence of long-eared and pipistrelle bats in the roof of the old house. After lengthy discussions with the environmental officer a bat mitigation strategy was agreed which involved the creation of a new permanent roost for bats.

A 5 * 4 metre space in the roof for the bats
A 5 * 4 metre space in the roof for the bats

On top of the car port a dedicated space has been created with features to encourage bat habitation. A large loft with bitumen roofing felt and cross beams for the bats to hang on, has been built.

Bat ladder and gap for them to squeeze through
Bat ladder and gap for them to squeeze through

The bats will enter through a special gap created at the front of the building.

I do get something usable out of the building a large shed at the rear plus spaces for bin storage and bikes – more code for sustainable homes brownie points.

Rear section with the new shed
Rear section with the new shed

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