Christian Herald, October 4, 1986
Declared at one time an endangered species, bats are now more than
holding their own. A colony roosting by day in the rafters of the parish
church of Birlingham, Worcestershire, is driving the volunteer cleaners
nearly bats! Various suggestions to rid the church of the bats have been
put forward - some weird and most illegal. Finally, one of the cleaners,
the Rev. Leonard Williams, a retired vicar, heard that a stuffed owl
often had the desired effect. He got one only to find that form of
deterrent is illegal too.
The Nature Conservancy Council states
that any attempt to chase bats from their chosen habitat contravenes the
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1982.
'Ridiculous,' declares Mr
Williams. 'I am all for conserving cows as well, but I would dissuade
them from living in my home.'
Reproduced with thanks.
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