The discovery of nesting bats under roof tiles of Ravenswick Hall, which was about to be demolished, has meant all work has had to be stopped. As a protected species no disturbance can now take place until at least October.
Staff from John Drewett Ecological consultancy were called after several bats flew out when some roof tiles were removed. The experts have been regular visitors to the hall and so this discovery is not that unexpected. As well as bats there are also Jackdaws nesting in the chimneys.
What it does mean is that contractors, who were expecting to spend the next few months at Ravenswick, are now going to be re-deployed elsewhere. One who I spoke to voiced his disappointment that he will probably find himself back on an inner city site instead of this idyllic setting. He also questioned whether any more demolition, potentially the squash court and outer wall, should take place if the hall was going to remain standing.
I’ll keep popping down but it doesn’t look like there isn’t going to be any further action for a while.