A correspondent informs Owl:
“I have been interested to see your website and in particular reference to the barn in East Budleigh where bats are present.
I drove past the barn recently and found that the barn door, which was previously ill fitting, which would have allowed easy entry and exit for the bats from the barn, has now been sealed with large sheets of plywood. [picture above]
This may have been to replace an unsafe door….but my fear is that it may have been done to prevent the flight of bats from and to their roost.
If the obstruction of the flight of bats is successful the bats will die and there will be no bats to protect.. Thereby allowing CDE to demolish the barn….
This is similar to the practice of netting trees and hedges, to prevent birds nesting, which then allows developers to cut down trees and hedges they would otherwise be unable to do if nests were present.”