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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Lincolnshire: bats sleep on while church repairs get underway
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¬†Special care is being taken to protect hibernating bats during a seven-month restoration project which has begun on a 13th century Lincolnshire church roof. A Grade One listed building, All Saints Church in Moulton, Lincolnshire, suffered structural damage during a recent tornado that swept through the area. Conservationists were concerned when it was revealed that the roof of the church was home to four protected species of bat: pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, brown long-eared and whiskered, who, they feared could be disturbed by building work. But all those involved in the £400,000 project: English Nature, English Heritage, the Anglican Diocese of Lincoln and the church's insurers, Ecclesiastical, are making sure that the bats can carry on snoozing. Much of the work is being done while the bats hibernate. Project architect Helen Weatherall explained that the scaffolding has been designed to ensure there are also entry and exit points for the bats. She said: "The contractors are all very aware of where the bats are likely to be found." Source: English Nature/ICN
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