Endangered bats to benefit from council grant

AN ancient woodland could soon become home to some of the UK’s most endangered bats – thanks to a �500 grant from Hertfordshire County Council.

The money will be used to transform a derelict water treatment building in Gobions Wood, near Brookmans Park, into a breeding and roosting site for the flying mammals.

Once the work has been completed, it is hoped that the woodland – which is managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust – will become home to a number of species, including pipistrelles, brown long-eared bats and Natterer’s bats.

The cash, which has been allocated from the locality budget of Hatfield Rural councillor Bill Storey, will also help pay for essential safety repairs to another disused building on the site.

For more on this story, see this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out now.

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