Posted: 24/04/2013 at 11:39
WO - we checked. There are no bats roosting in our barn and I've been in touch with the RSPB and had a visit form some Swift experts about how to leave suitable space for birds such as owls and swifts plus inviting swallows and house martins to set up home when the walls are finished.
In the house part, we have sectioned off the corners of the attics at the eaves so birds can nest in peace behind the guttering and now have a colony of sparrows and tits who live there all year round, produce 2 or 3 broods a year and have conferences in the hedges we've planted when they're not hoovering up aphids and caterpillars in my garden. I have a large pond and try and grow flowers to attract a variety of insects and all that's working well.
Just not with the bats.
Nut, I hope the lurgy clears soon.