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New lease of life for bats at historic development

Published: 20/09/2021

Bats get their own high spec home upgrade with extensive Norfolk restoration project.


It’s not just people who are moving into their new homes at The Lodge, Drayton… bats also have luxury new pads to move into.

It comes as the team have been working hard over the past two years to ensure the safe rehoming of roosting bats from its former NHS building.

Working with experienced ecologist Christian Whiting and Natural England, the team worked hard to ensure the safe passage of the bats to their new purpose-built home, including the painstaking task of removing each tile from the roof by hand and carefully relocating any bats found.




It’s thought that the NHS extension to the main lodge dates back to the early 1940’s, having been built for nurses working at Hellesdon Hospital Nurses to stay.

Since then, it has also been used by the prison service before more recently being rented out as office space – and a home to the bats of course!

With their own state of the art new homes, the bars can choose from their very own luxury apartments in a large garage opposite the NHS building, or the bat boxes in the woodland site.




Inside the garage there are numerous bat boxes, including a maternity roosting box for the Brow Long-eared roost.

Sowerbys supports the careful considerations Hidden Talent Homes have made throughout the building process.