However, surveys revealed the old house, which is set in 28 acres and has its own tennis court, was home to colonies of pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats
, which are a protected species.
But protected pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats
had set up home there.
Brown long-eared bats
come out after dark and fly around trees, so they're quite hard to spot.
1998: The reproductive cycle and determination of sexual maturity in male brown long-eared bats
, PleCotus auritus (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae).
Dreams of converting a barn at his PS5 million Buckinghamshire mansion have been scuppered after a colony of brown long-eared bats
were found in the out-building.
Tom Dearnley, Forestry Commission regional ecologist, said: "We have 232 bat boxes in Kielder and Rothbury, with real bat hotspots like including Sidwood, near Bellingham, Holystone, and Kielder Castle itself which has maternity roosts of soprano pipistrelles and brown long-eared bats
Bats Prince Charles' plans to upgrade buildings at his Carmarthenshire farm were delayed last summer for an investigation into common pipistrelles and brown long-eared bats
, roosting in a barn
New additions include the garden tiger moth and grass snake, pine martens, wild cats, mountain hares and brown long-eared bats
A site survey had earlier revealed that brown long-eared bats
, a European Protected Species, were roosting in the roof of the barn and Kountis needed a licence from conservation body Natural England to have the bats moved to safety.
It is specially designed for pipistrelle and brown long-eared bats
, the least rare speciesin most areas, and should be fixed to a tree or wall as high as possible up to 4.
Under one measure Brown Long-Eared bats
, common in the exclusive part of Merseyside, will have boxes installed for them.