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Bat boxes installed at Bentley Priory near Bushey Heath
Chris Whitehouse, site manager, with one of the bat boxes installed in the new bat manor house at Bentley Priory.
Bat boxes have been installed as a historic estate near Bushey Heath undergoes development in a bid to provide extra habitats for wildlife.
Bentley Priory is a habitat for the common pipistrelle bat and the less common brown long-eared bat.
Developers, Barratt, have provided accommodation on site for these species by adding bat boxes to the trees around the site. There is also a bat house which will be maintained and cleaned out periodically to ensure it remains habitable for the bats throughout the year.
Brendon O’Neill, Barratt North’s managing director, said: "Barratt is very experienced in accommodating wildlife on our development sites and we were aware of the recorded bat movement here, which was not unusual as the site is located next to the Bentley Priory Nature Reserve.
"British bat species are fully protected under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, so protecting these mammals was essential."
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